Law Day 2018: Separation of Powers

Law Day, held annually on May 1, is a national day set aside to celebrate the rule of law. Law Day underscores how law and the legal process contribute to the freedoms that all Americans share. Law Day also provides an opportunity to recognize the role of courts in democracy and the importance of jury service to maintaining the integrity of the courts.

President Dwight Eisenhower established the first Law Day in 1958 to mark the nation’s commitment to the rule of law. In 1961, Congress issued a joint resolution designating May 1 as the official date for celebrating Law Day, which is subsequently codified (U.S. Code, Title 36, Section 113). Every president since then has issued a Law Day proclamation on May 1 to celebrate the nation’s commitment to the rule of law.

The 2018 Law Day theme encourages us to reflect on the separation of powers as fundamental to our constitutional purpose and to consider how our governmental system works for ourselves and our posterity.

 “Ambition must be made to counteract ambition.”

James Madison, The Federalist 51

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