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by Katie Nachod

T he celebration   of Law Day
      had its origins in 1957,
when  American Bar Association
(ABA)   President  Charles  S.
Rhyne  envisioned a special day
for honoring the rule of law and
its contributions to the freedoms
Americans  enjoy. On February
3, 1958, President Dwight  D.
Eisenhower    established  the
first Law Day as May  1, 1958,
by  issuing Proclamation 3221
(3 C.F.R.  143  1958). In this
proclamation, falling between
one which  ended the quota on
imports of short (less than three-
fourths of one inch in length)
harsh  or  rough  cotton  and
another which  declared March
1958  to be Red  Cross Month,
President  Eisenhower   urged
Americans  to remember  with
pride and  vigilantly guard the
great heritage of liberty, justice,
and  equality under law which
our  forefathers bequeathed to
us. He concluded by asking the
people of the United States, and
especiallythe legal profession,the
press, and the radio, television,
and  motion-picture industries,
to observe this designated day
with appropriate ceremonies and
activities. Every President since
Eisenhower  has issued a similar
Law  Day  Proclamation, all of
which  are viewable on the Law
Library of Congress  web  site:

In  the late 1960's, the ABA
started selecting a theme for
each Law  Day, which has since
focused on such issues as access
to justice, legal literacy, and the
50-year anniversary of Brown v.
the Board of Education. Since
February 12, 2009, marked the
200th anniversary of the birth
of our 16th President, Abraham
Lincoln, who  spent  much  of
his adult  life practicing law
and serving in government, the
theme  selected for this year's
Law   Day  was A  Legacy  of
Liberty - Celebrating Lincoln's

Bicentennial. In a lovely bit
of   synchronicity, President
Barack   Obama's   first Law
Day proclamation, number
8367   (74  Federal  Register
20861, 5/5/2009), heralds the
contributions of this man who
rose from humble beginnings to
guide our nation through what
was arguably the most turbulent
time in our  history. President
Obama   has spoken and written
eloquently of his admiration for
Lincoln, and of the impact that
Lincoln's principles and beliefs
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                                                                 Volume 7, Issue 1
                                                                   Summer 2009

          The Newsletter of
The Law Library of Louisiana

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