About Law Day

Established nationally in 1958, Law Day was designed to celebrate our legal heritage and the critical role of the rule of law in our government. In partnership with The City Club of Cleveland, the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association plans an annual luncheon and forum to commemorate Law Day and address a legal topic of profound national significance.

Law Day 2017

On Friday, May 5 The City Club of Cleveland, along with the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association hosted the 2017 Law Day, celebrating the 14th Amendment. Ratified during Reconstruction in 1868, the 14th Amendment serves as the cornerstone of landmark civil rights legislation, the foundation for numerous federal court decisions protecting fundamental rights, and a source of inspiration for all those who advocate for equal justice under law. James Forman, Jr., Professor of Law at Yale Law School, and author of Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America, spoke about how and why our society become so punitive and what we can do about the future of race and the criminal justice system in the United States.

James Forman, Jr. is a Professor of Law at Yale Law School. He is a graduate of Atlanta's Roosevelt High School, Brown University, and Yale Law School; and was a law clerk for Judge William Norris of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Justice Sandra Day O'Connor of the United States Supreme Court. He teaches Constitutional Law, a seminar on Race and the Criminal Justice System, and a clinic called the Educational Opportunity and Juvenile Justice Clinic.