2019 Law Day: Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 | 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. | The City Club of Cleveland

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 and the Legal Aid Society 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.

Discount Code: CMBA19

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2019 Theme:

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.

The 2019 Law Day theme, Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society, focuses on these cornerstones of representative government and calls on us to understand and protect these rights to ensure, as the U.S. Constitution proposes, “the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity.”

The right to free speech and a free press is what distinguishes the United States from other countries around the world. It's a foundation of our democracy - yet, it is one that many believe is under threat as newspapers diminish and as journalists increasingly face death threats, detention, and censorship.


Bruce D. Brown, Reporter Committee for Freedom of the Press

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