By Philip J. Outhier
The American Bar Association defines law day as: “A national day set aside to celebrate the rule of law. Law Day underscores how law and the legal process have contributed to the freedom that all Americans share.” In 1957, the American Bar Association first proposed the idea as a day set aside to recognize and celebrate how the legal process affects every day Americans. On May 1, 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower sought the passage of a joint resolution of Congress, establishing May 1 of every year as law day. Some historians believe Eisenhower’s motivation was to create a competing day to the communist celebration of May Day.
On this Law Day, the Oklahoma and Garfield County Bar Associations invite you to focus upon your legal rights as an American citizen. Perhaps that focus can begin with your recollection of some great American documents, including the Declaration of Independence and our federal Constitution. Above all, American citizens can be assured that the American rule of law is made with those “truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal,” and guaranteed the rights of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” These fundamental concepts, coupled with our Constitutional Bill of Rights, assure the American rule of law will protect American liberties.