Tennessee Celebrates Law Day 2012

TBA, Supreme Court & Governor encourage Tennesseans to get involved

NASHVILLE, April 30, 2012 -- Judges, lawyers and citizens across the state will be participating in various events tomorrow (May 1) to celebrate Law Day. The theme of this year's celebration is "No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom," which highlights the crucial role of courts and the need to foster a better understanding of the judiciary. 

Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Cornelia A. Clark is this year's state chair for the event.  "Law Day gives us a chance to recognize the many professionals who work within the judicial system and the importance of having a fully funded court system," Clark said. "Our courts carry out the laws enacted by our government and ensure that all people are treated fairly under those laws."

Envisioned in 1957 by then American Bar Association President Charles Rhynes as a special national day to mark the nation's commitment to the rule of law, the first Law Day was established by President Dwight D. Eisenhower the following year. Law Day was made official in 1961 when Congress issued a joint resolution designating May 1 as the official Law Day. Gov. Bill Haslam has also proclaimed May 1 as Tennessee Law Day in recognition of the state's judicial system.

"Law Day provides an important opportunity for all Americans to reflect on the unique elements of our legal and judicial systems," Tennessee Bar Association President Danny Van Horn said. "Over the next several days, legal organizations across the state will be holding events and activities to celebrate the rule of law and foster greater understanding of the American judicial system. All Tennesseans are encouraged to get involved."

Learn more about this year's Law Day theme or see a list of events taking place across the state.

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The Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) is the largest professional association in Tennessee with more than 13,000 members. Founded in 1881, the TBA provides opportunities for continuing legal education, professional development and public service. The TBA’s dedication to serving the state’s legal community is evidenced by its membership roll, which represents the entire spectrum of legal practice: plaintiff and defense lawyers, corporate counsel, judges, prosecutors, public defenders, government lawyers and legal services attorneys.