May 1, 2015: Law Day

WHEREAS, Law Day is an occasion of public acknowledgement of our Nation’s and Michigan’s heritage of justice, liberty and equality under the law; and,

WHEREAS, Law Day has been annually proclaimed by the President of the United States since Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed the first Law Day on May 1, 1958; and,

WHEREAS, the United States Congress in 1961 encoded the presidential practice into law, statutorily designating May 1 as Law Day; and,

WHEREAS, the year 2015 marks the 800th anniversary of a milestone in legal history, the sealing of Magna Carta at Runnymede, England, in 1215; and,

WHEREAS, the Founders of our nation drew upon the principles of Magna Carta in drafting our cherished documents of liberty, including the Declaration of Independence, United States Constitution, and the Bill of Rights; and,

WHEREAS, Magna Carta has become one of the world’s most enduring symbols of liberty under law; and,

WHEREAS, Magna Carta continues to be a source of inspiration in the international struggle to advance human rights; and,

WHEREAS, promoting public understanding the roots of our freedom are an important component in the civic education of the citizens of the United States and of the state of Michigan; and,

WHEREAS, the American Bar Association has identified the 2015 Law Day theme as “Magna Carta: Symbol of Freedom Under Law”;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim May 1, 2015 as Law Day in Michigan.