By Capt. Tanga Bernal, Fort Rucker Office of the Staff Judge AdvocateApril 25, 2013
FORT RUCKER, Ala. (April 25, 2013) -- Law Day is an annual event, which was originally conceived in 1957 when the American Bar Association president, Charles Rhynes, envisioned a special national day to mark our commitment to the rule of law.
In 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower established the first Law Day as "a day of national dedication to the principles of government under law." Law Day was made official in 1961 when Congress issued a joint resolution designating May 1 as the official date for celebrating Law Day. Since then, every president has taken the occasion of Law Day to proclaim our nation's ongoing commitment to the democratic rule of law.
This year's Law Day theme, "Realizing the Dream: Equality for All," provides an outstanding opportunity for the nation to reflect on the importance of our national ideal of equality under the law and the role it plays in ensuring our freedom. From addressing issues such as unequal pay, racial discrimination and religion prejudice, our legal system has played an important part in many disputes over what is "fair."
As we have seen throughout history, fairness under the law is not an easy or exact concept to define. Our courts and our legal system must consider various aspects of a situation when ensuring and protecting equality and fairness -- although not perfect, our legal system is the best resource we have to ensure equality for all.
On May 1, take the time to reflect how our laws have positively impacted and formed our society.
For more information, contact legal assistance at 255-3482.