Law Day

Law Day is a national celebration in honor of the rule of law and its contributions to the freedoms that Americans enjoy.  


In 1957, the American Bar Association insituted Law Day to draw awareness to both the principles and practices of law and justice.  President Dwight D. Eisenhower established Law Day with a proclamation in 1958.  Now, through the support of the Friends and other contributors, the Library of Congress holds an annual Law Day event.


The Law Library of Congress event is free of charge and open to the public.


Law Day 2016: 50th Anniversary of Miranda v. Arizona

Paulette Brown, president of the American Bar Association (ABA). Photo courtesy of the ABA.


In celebration of Law Day 2016, the U.S. Law Library of Congress will will mark the 50th anniversary of the United States Supreme Court decision, Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436 (1996) on Wednesday, April 27.


Law Librarian of Congress Roberta I. Shaffer  will interview Paulette Brown, President of the American Bar Association regarding her distinguished career as well as the significance of Miranda v. Arizona.


The event will begin at 3:00 p.m. in the Whittall Pavilion, located on the ground floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. The event is free and open to the public; tickets are not required. The Law Library acknowledges Thomson Reuters and the Friends of the Law Library of Congress for their support of this program.


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Previous Law Day Events

In 2012, the Friends joined with the Law Library of Congress to host actor and activist, Richard Dreyfuss, in a Law Day talk entitled, Revitalizing Civics Education in America's Schools.  

Emily Rae Law Library of Congress and Kim Phan with Richard Dreyfuss Friends Board Members Kim Phan & Emily Rae and Richard Dreyfuss at Law Day private reception

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