Law Day 2015: A Celebration of the 800th Anniversary of the Magna Carta

Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 1-May-2015

Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding member and partner

May 1 is traditionally recognized as Law Day throughout the United States. According to the proclamation by President Obama, this year’s Law Day is intended to mark the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, the document that first spelled out the rights and liberties of man. During the past 800 years, Magna Carta has become one of the world’s most recognized and enduring symbols of liberty under law. The purpose of a Law Day celebration is to acknowledge the importance of American legal and judicial systems.

Below is an excerpt from President Obama’s Proclamation:

“The Magna Carta has also provided a framework for constitutional democracies throughout the world, and my Administration is committed to supporting good governance based upon the rule of law. Around the globe, we support strong civil institutions, independent judiciaries, and open government –because the rule of force must give way to the rule of law. For more than two centuries, we have witnessed these values drive opportunity and prosperity here in the United States, and as President, I will continue to work to bolster our systems of justice and advance efforts that do the same overseas.

America is and always has been a nation of laws. Our institutions of justice are vital to securing the promise of our country, and they are bound up with the values and beliefs that have united peoples through the ages. The United States and our citizens are inextricably linked to all those around the world doing the hard work of strengthening the rule of law — joined in common purpose by our mutual interest in building freer, fairer, more just societies.”

The 2015 theme for Law Day is summarized by the American Bar Association (ABA):

Magna Carta: Symbol of Freedom Under Law

“Perhaps more than any other document in human history, Magna Carta has come to embody a simple but enduring truth: No one, no matter how powerful, is above the law.

In the eight centuries that have elapsed since Magna Carta was sealed in 1215, it has taken root as an international symbol of the rule of law and as an inspiration for many basic rights Americans hold dear today, including due process, habeas corpus, trial by jury, and the right to travel.

As we mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, join us on Law Day, May 1, 2015, to commemorate this "Great Charter of Liberties," and rededicate ourselves to advancing the principle of rule of law here and abroad.”

The importance of Law Day should not be taken for granted, as it celebrates our justice system.  Listed below are links to several previous posts I have written about Law Day.

Law Day – 2013 – “All Are Created Equal”

Law Day – 2012 – “No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom”

Law Day – 2009 – “A Lot to Celebrate”

About the author:

Mr. Zambri is a board-certified civil trial attorney by the National Board of Trial Advocates and a Past-President of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. The association recently named him "Trial Lawyer of the Year".  Super Lawyers recently named him among the "Top Ten" lawyers in the Metro Area (out of more than 80,000 attorneys). He has been rated by Washingtonian magazine as a "Big Gun" and among the "top 100″ lawyers in the entire metropolitan area. The magazine also describes him as "one of Washington's best-most honest and effective lawyers" who specializes in personal injury matters, including automobile accident claims, premises liability, product liability, medical malpractice, and work-accident claims. He has successfully litigated multiple cases against truck and bus companies, the Washington Metropolitan Area transit Authority, and other automobile owners.  His law firm, in fact, has obtained the largest settlement ever in a personal injury case involving WMATA.  Mr. Zambri has also been acknowledged as one of "The Best Lawyers in America" by Best Lawyers (2014 edition) and has been repeatedly named a "Super Lawyer" by Super Lawyer magazine (2014) - national publications that honor the top lawyers in America.

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