Law Day – May 1

Law Day – May 1

Did you know? May 1 is Law Day! 

While it seems as if there is a new “holiday” to celebrate each day (i.e. national margarita day, national pizza day, national siblings day, etc.), for more than 50 years May 1 has been recognized as the day we celebrate Law Day in the United States. Law Day reaffirms our commitment to the rule of law. It recognizes the importance of our legal system as well as its contributions to our society.

Law Day was first established by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1958. On February 3, 1958, President Eisenhower issued the following Proclamation:

On April 7, 1961, Congress passed a Joint Resolution officially designating May 1 as Law Day in the United States.  The Joint Resolution states that the President must issue a “Law Day Proclamation” each year.   Therefore, every President since President Eisenhower has issue an annual Law Day Proclamation.  For an example of a more recent Proclamation, you can see President Barack Obama’s 2009 Law Day Proclamation here.

Bar associations, courts and various other organizations hold events each year in celebration of Law Day.  This year, the Belmont County Bar Association will be holding a luncheon for attorneys and judges in the Ohio Valley.  What ways will you be celebrating Law Day this year?


On February 3, 1958, President Eisenhower issued a proclamation stating that every year May 1 will be observed as Law Day. This annual day reaffirms our commitment to the rule of law and recognizes the importance of our legal system as well as its contributions to our society, Bordas & Bordas explains.