Law Day 2021


“The rule of law—the idea that no one is above the law and everyone is treated equally under the law—ensures an orderly and just society. The ABA stands for the rule of law. Stand with us.”

Each year, the American Bar Association’s Law Day is held on May 1 to celebrate and recognize the role of law in society. As a reminder to all of us that we the people share the responsibility to promote the rule of law, defend liberty, and pursue justice, this year’s theme is “Advancing the Rule of Law Now.”

The ABA has offered a list of subthemes designed to inspire thinking, discussion, connections, and deeper conversations about the rule of law. For example, one subtheme is “How might the rule of law shape our future?” While it is worth your time to read more about this and other subthemes on the ABA website, this subtheme offers opportunities to consider the specific calls for reform and change in our country and how the rule of law might continue to shape our nation’s future.

As part of Law Day 2021, the ABA also has a special spotlight issue that explores policing in the United States. This three-part insight includes:

  • Article: “Qualified Immunity: An Unlawful Shield for Police Misconduct,”
  • Video: “Police and Citizen Oversight: Conversation with Susan Hutson,”
  • Lesson plan by the Constitutional Rights Foundation: “Police and the Use of Force.”

If you are interested in learning more about Law Day, visit the American Bar Association’s website: