Free Resources and Events to Celebrate Law Day
Friday, April 26, 2019
Posted by: Meg Wickham
Free resources and events to celebrate Law Day
Each year, the American Bar Association hosts a variety of Law Day activities. This year’s Law Day theme is “Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society.” The theme offers an opportunity to explore the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and the freedoms it provides to individuals and the press.
Kansas has a special role in Law Day. It was President Dwight D. Eisenhower who first commemorated Law Day in 1958 to celebrate our Nation’s roots in the principles of liberty and guaranteed fundamental rights of individual citizens under the 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.
In depth discussion points and conversation starters about this year’s theme are featured in the American Bar Association’s Law Day Planning Guide, a free digital resource. The guide includes a timeline of free speech events in US History, talking points, lessons by grade level, and the impact of frees speech in a digital age.
A free Kansas Bar Association (KBA) resource called Law Wise, is a publication designed to assist educators and students in grades 6-12 in understanding issues about the law, civics, and government. The Nov/Dec 2018 issue features the 2019 Law Day theme and covers the origins of free speech, freedom of speech in American legal history, and free speech in the digital age. A lesson plan for grades 9-12 highlights the point in which respect and freedom of expression intersect. Another lesson for grades 9-12 enables students to learn how to recognize freedom of speech within their community, state and world. Visit www.ksbar.org/law_day to access Law Wise and the ABA Law Day Planning Guide.
The Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum in partnership with the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate of the 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley are hosting a panel discussion on Law Day at the museum. It is a free program and open to the public. Panel members include Stephen R. McAllister, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Kansas, retired Major General Thomas J. Romig, 36th Judge Advocate General of the Army and former Dean of Washburn University Law School, Franciska Coleman, a visiting professor at the University of Kansas School of Law, Lauren Bonds, interim executive director and legal director of the Kansas ACLU, and Michael Roehrman, executive editor of the Wichita Eagle. Visit www.eisenhower.archives.gov for additional information.
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