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. Each year, the American Bar Association designates a new theme to celebrate law in our country and to highlight the importance of our legal system.
To view the 2015 Law Day proclamation signed by Governor Robert Bentley, click here.