May is a month full of celebrations. Starting with Law Day on Sunday, May 1st. Every year the American Bar Association (ABA) designates May 1st as Law Day, a day to celebrate the rule of law in our society and to cultivate a deeper understanding of the legal profession.
This year’s Law Day theme is “Advancing the Rule of Law Now.” The rule of law is the bedrock of American rights and liberties—in times of calm and unrest alike. The 2021 Law Day theme reminds all of us that we the people share the responsibility to promote the rule of law, defend liberty, and pursue justice.
To kick off the Law Day celebrations, the ABA is hosting a free virtual program this Thursday, April 29th, from 12:30 – 2:00 pm PST, titled “Advancing the Rule of Law Now: a Global Perspective.” You can register for this program or view it as it is live-streamed on the ABA’s Division for Public Education YouTube Channel. This program will explore the rule of law from an international perspective, specifically, the role of the United States within the international rule of law landscape. And, if you are unable to view this program live, it will be recorded. The ABA also has a Virtual Launch Program available via their Public Education YouTube Channel. The ABA has many more virtual events planned for Law Day, and you can find out about them on the ABA’s website.
Locally, the San Diego County Bar Association is celebrating Law Day with two events. Currently, they are accepting submissions for their annual Law Week Poster and Video Contest. The Poster and Video Contest is for students in grades K-12 who create and submit a poster or video that relates to the ABA’s theme, “Advancing the Rule of Law Now.” All entries will be evaluated by a committee of attorneys based on originality, creativity, and impact. The deadline for submissions is this Friday, April 30th at 12 pm. There are categories for elementary, middle, and high school students, and the winners will receive cash prizes. The winners of the Law Week Poster and Video Contest will be announced at the SDCBA’s other big Law Day event, the Annual Awards Ceremony and Celebration of Community Service. This free event will take place on Friday, May 21st from 12 pm – 1:15 pm. It honors individuals who have provided exemplary service in the San Diego legal community. And, if you attend, you might even see a familiar face from the law library honored with an award!
May is also Mental Health Awareness Month, and the California Lawyers Association is celebrating by working with the Institute for Well-Being in Law (IWIL) to create a week of free virtual events to boost mental health in the legal profession they are calling “2021 Well-Being Week in Law.” You can learn about these events and register at either the California Lawyers Association website or the Institute for Well-Being in Law website.
If you are a San Diego County Bar Association member, SDCBA has a pair of fun events scheduled to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. The first virtual event on Tuesday, May 4th prepares you for the party with a Cinco de Mayo Cooking Celebration. Participants will learn to make cocktails, mocktails, and appetizers for the Cinco de Mayo holiday. They are preparing you for Wednesday’s virtual Tacos and Tax Happy Hour presented by the Taxation Law Section of the San Diego County Bar Association.
And, don’t fret, the law library also has plans for an event later in the month. So, stay tuned for detail, and until then, have a happy Law Day/ Mental Health Awareness Month/ Cinco de Mayo!