President Obama issued a Law Day proclamation just weeks after his own controversial comments about the Supreme Court, hailing this year’s theme “No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom.”
President Dwight D. Eisenhower established Law Day in 1958 as “fitting that the people of this nation should remember with pride and vigilantly guard the great heritage of liberty, justice, and equality under law which our forefathers bequeathed to us.”
“Today, we celebrate that enduring legacy and renew our commitment to a democracy sustained by the rule of law,” Obama said.
“Our courts are the guarantors of civil justice, social order, and public safety, and we must do everything we can to enable their critical work,” he continued. “The courthouse doors must be open and the necessary services must be in place to allow all litigants, judges, and juries to operate efficiently.”
“Likewise, we must ensure that access to justice is not an abstract theory, but a concrete commitment that delivers the promise of counsel and assistance for all who seek it.”