2015 Law Day Events Planned Across the State

Celebrations Involve Recognition for Service, Inspiring Speeches and More

The theme of the 2015 Law Day is “Magna Carta: Symbol of Freedom Under Law,” which asks Americans to remember and reflect on the legal concept that no one, no matter how powerful, is above the law. This year marks the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. Commemorative events are taking place across the United States. The anniversary celebration will culminate in meetings and events in London and Runnymede this June.

In Tennessee, bar associations and legal organizations across the state are gearing up for this year’s Law Day with events that begin this week and run through May. A round-up of activities follows. If your organization is hosting an event that is not listed here, please send details to tbatoday@tnbar.org.

April 24 - May 1
Memphis Bar Association
Law Week Events

Law Week 2015 will get rolling April 24 with the 8th Annual Law Week Launch Party in Court Square from 5-7 p.m. Come enjoy music, free drinks, including wine and beer, food by Central BBQ and Lickity Split Ice Cream. All members of the Memphis legal community are invited and attendees are encouraged to bring a canned good for the Memphis Food Bank to the event.

Other events scheduled during Law Week include:

April 27
Naturalization Ceremony – The MBA will hold its annual naturalization ceremony on April 27.

April 28, Noon
Memorial Service – The MBA will hold its 2015 Memorial Service at noon at the downtown Calvary Episcopal Church, 102 North Second St. The service is held every year to honor attorneys, judges and others close to the legal community who died in the past year. A reception will follow in the Great Hall. See a list of those to be honored.

May 1
Chattanooga Bar Association
Law Day Celebration

The Chattanooga Bar Association will hold its annual Law Day celebration May 1 at the Chattanooga Convention Center Marriott. The event begins at noon and will feature remarks by former U.S. Congressman Brian N. Baird, a clinical psychologist, former president of Antioch University’s Seattle campus, and a retired six-term member of Congress from Washington state. The celebration also will feature the presentation of the association’s Liberty Bell Award.

Tickets for the event and lunch are $40 for CBA members.

May 1
Federal Bar Association Northeast Tennessee Chapter
Law Day Luncheon

The Federal Bar Association Northeast Tennessee Chapter will hold its annual Law Day Luncheon on May 1 at General Morgan Inn, 111 N. Main St. in Greeneville. The event will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and feature remarks by Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III. Tickets are $15 for members and $20 for non-members. RSVP by April 28 to mmhelms@wimberlylawson.com or (423) 587-6870.

May 1
Jackson-Madison County Bar Association
Law Day Luncheon

The Jackson-Madison County Bar Association will host its annual Law Day luncheon on Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at First United Methodist, 200 South Church St. The event will feature lunch, an awards presentation and a ceremony honoring attorneys who died in the past year. A keynote address on “How to Put a Little Elvis in Your Practice” will wrap up the event. For more information contact association president Matt West at Matt@tennesseefirm.com or (731) 660-7777.

May 1
Knoxville Bar Association
Law Day Celebration

The Knoxville Bar Association (KBA) will hold its annual Law Day Celebration May 1 beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Downtown Knoxville Hilton, 501 W. Church Ave. Attendees will hear from Melaine D. Wilson, the incoming dean of the University of Tennessee College of Law. Wilson currently serves as a professor and associate dean for academic affairs, and director of diversity and Inclusion at the University of Kansas School of Law. She earned her law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law. She will join the law school on July 1. The theme of the day is "Magna Carta, the American Criminal Justice System, and the Lawyer's Role in Protecting Freedom."

The event also will include recognition of area High School Mock Trial teams and presentation of the Law & Liberty Award, which recognizes members of the community who have used the legal system to advance and protect personal, political and civil liberties.

The buffet lunch opens at 11:30 a.m. The program will run from 12 – 1:30 p.m. Costs are $40 for KBA members, $60 for non-members and $30 for law students. Tables of 10 may be reserved in advance. Register by April 24.

May 1
Nashville Bar Association
Law Day Luncheon

The Nashville Bar Association (NBA) will hold its annual Law Day Luncheon May 1 at the Downtown Renaissance Hotel from 12 to 1 p.m. on Friday. Nashville Mayor Karl Dean will be the keynote speaker. The event is sponsored by First Tennessee Bank.

Tickets purchased before April 24 are $50 per person. The price goes up to $60 after that date. Sponsorships are available for $475 by April 24 or $575 after that date. Sponsorship includes 10 tickets and recognition in the program.

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Learn more about Law Day 2015

Presidential Proclamation
President Barack Obama issued a Presidential Proclamation on April 30 declaring May 1 as Law Day.

2015 Law Day Planning Guide
Access a guide to planning events and activities that commemorate Law Day.

Apply for Law Day Awards
Legal organizations can get recognized for their Law Day activities.

The Great Charter: What Makes Magna Carta Mythic?
Watch this event from the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., which featured remarks by U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen G. Breyer and a panel discussion by renowned scholars.

Magna Carta: Icon of Liberty
Learn more about the Magna Carta, its history and events taking place around the country to celebrate its 800th anniversary on this website.

Remarks from the Chief Justice
Watch a speech U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. gave to the ABA House of Delegates in August 2014.

Dialogue on Magna Carta
Access this resource guide to help engage students and community members in discussions about the Magna Carta.


Law Day Dialogue

Law Day Toolkit

Resource List for Teachers

Magna Carta Coloring Page 1
This page depicts the official state seal of Massachusetts from 1775-1780, which was designed by American patriot Paul Revere and included the Magna Carta.

Magna Carta Coloring Page 2
This page depicts King John issueing Magna Carta in 1215 at Runnymede.