Posted by: Elizabeth A. (Betty) Thomas | May 1, 2016

Law Day 2016 – Miranda: More than Words

Law Day 2016 logo


May 1st is Law Day, a national day to celebrate the rule of law and its contributions to the freedoms that Americans enjoy. The day also provides an opportunity to recognize the role of courts in our democracy and the importance of jury service.  In 1957, Charles S. Rhyne, President of the American Bar Association lobbied for a day to celebrate our legal system.

The first Law Day was established by President Dwight Eisenhower in 1958 to commemorate the rule of law. In 1961, Congress issued a joint resolution designating May 1 as the official date for celebrating Law Day, which was subsequently codified (36 U.S.C. § 113). Every year the President of the United States issues a Law Day proclamation on May 1st to celebrate the nation’s commitment to the rule of law.

Law Day programs are designed to help people understand how the law keeps us free and how our legal system strives to achieve justice. These programs are conducted by various groups including local bar associations, courts, law libraries and schools.

This year’s event marks the 50th anniversary of the United States Supreme Court’s decision, Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436 (1966). At the Library of Congress, Roberta Shaffer, the Law Librarian of Congress will interview Paulette Brown, President of the American Bar Association (ABA) about the significance of Miranda v. Arizona.  According to the ABA’s website, “the 2016 Law Day theme — Miranda: More than Words — will explore the procedural protections afforded to all of us by the U.S. Constitution, how these rights are safeguarded by the courts, and why the preservation of these principles is essential to our liberty.”

Paulette Brown’s explanation of the significance of Miranda, especially in these times, can be seen in the video here.

Paulette Brown ABA


American Bar Association. (2016). Law Day 2016 – Miranda: More than Words. Retrieved from

Caravalho, L. (2016, April 5). Law Day Program – 50th Anniversary of Miranda v. Arizona. Retrieved from




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