Law Day, established in 1958 by President Eisenhower, is a day of national dedication to the principles of government under law. Congress established May 1st as Law Day three years later.
The theme for Law Day 2013 is Realizing the Dream: Equality for All. This year is the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech and the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. In the last fifty years, much has been accomplished combating forms of discrimination, including race, gender, and ethnicity. Today, King’s words continue to inspire us toward the ideal of equality under the law for all people.
The American Bar Association hopes this year’s theme encourages reflection about how the drive for human and civil rights has influenced the ideal of equality under the law. Also, it is a time to understand that there is still considerable work to be done to reach that ideal when there are still discrimination, unequal access to justice, human trafficking, and other human rights violations.
This year, the Law Library will be hosting events to celebrate Law Day by increasing access to justice throughout the week of April 28th to May 2nd.
Events at Downtown San Diego Location:
Tuesday, April 3oth 1-4 pm: Free Legal Clinic
Events at El Cajon Location:
Wednesday, May 1st 10-2 pm: Free Legal Clinic
Thursday, May 2nd 1-2 pm: MCLE Class: Equal Access to Justice for Military Veterans
Events at Vista Location:
Thursday, May 2nd 1-4 pm: Free Legal Clinic
To quote Dr. King: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”