Statement of ABA President Lamm Re: President Obama Proclaiming May 1, 2010 as Law Day
We thank President Obama for carrying on the important tradition — established in 1958 by President Eisenhower — of proclaiming May 1 as Law Day.
This year’s Law Day theme, Law in the 21st Century: Enduring Traditions and Emerging Challenges, speaks to the fact that our world is changing around us. Economic markets are becoming global, populations are more mobile and technology is bridging distances to form communities around the world. At the same time, we face critical national and global issues regarding security, terrorism, war and peace. At issue are such fundamental values as individual freedom, privacy and the rule of law itself.
We must renew our commitment to the enduring principles of law, become knowledgeable about other legal systems, recognize the need to adapt our practices and acquire new cultural understandings, all to better serve the public and our clients’ changing needs.
Law Day is a reminder that to remain vital, a legal system must be able to address today’s concerns and anticipate tomorrow’s issues. I am confident we can meet these challenges. I believe that change and innovation need not be at odds with our core values as lawyers or as citizens. Rather, innovation will allow us to carry those values forward.
With nearly 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.
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