Friday, April 24, 2009

Law Day 2009 - A Legacy of Liberty

Law Day is a national day set aside to celebrate the rule of law. Law Day underscores how law and the legal process have contributed to the freedoms that all Americans share.

2009 marks the bicentennial of the birth of Abraham Lincoln, regarded by many as our nation's greatest and most eloquent president. Lincoln's background in the law informed both his actions and his oratory.

In his Gettysburg Address (1863), Lincoln articulated his vision of American constitutional union "that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom - and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth." This vision of Lincoln began "fourscore and seven years ago" with the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration marks the origins of "a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal."

Lincoln was a self educated lawyer and eloquent writer, arguing that "writing . . . is the great invention of the world." His words and phrases have endured through time to serve as inspiration for such movements as the women suffragists and the Civil Rights movements. Adhering to his own ethics and moral values, Lincoln's legacy lives on as an American president who united a nation and fought for justice appealing to the fundamental values of human equality, justice and liberty.

Please join with ALDAP in our celebration of Law Day 2009 and the bicentennial of Lincoln's birth.

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