Assemblyman Tom Abinanti on Law Day 2020

Today is Law Day in the United States.

Law Day is particularly significant today.

The stress of a worldwide health crisis likewise stresses our government institutions and our freedoms. We cede extraordinary powers to executives and voluntarily limit our own freedoms at their instance for the common good. We expect a quick return to the normal functioning of our democracy. But we are rightfully anxious and watchful.

At the suggestion of the American Bar Association, President Dwight D. Eisenhower declared May 1 to be Law Day and soon after Congress made it law. President Eisenhower’s words are still meaningful: "In a very real sense, the world no longer has a choice between force and law. If civilization is to survive it must choose the rule of law."

The American Bar Association designates a theme to highlight the importance of law and our legal system in preserving our democracy. This year’s Law Day theme, “Your Vote, Your Voice, Our Democracy: the 19thAmendment at 100,” calls for reflection on the historic movement that expanded the right to vote to women.

New York’s Chief Judge Janet DiFiore noted that Law Day this year underscores the importance of the right to vote and the commitment on the part of the legal profession to ensure that, amid the pandemic, all Americans can safely cast their vote this year.

Please, remember the lessons of Law Day. We have primary, village, school board and general elections on the near horizon.

Your vote will keep our Democracy strong.