President Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed May 1, 1958 "a day of national dedication to the principle of government under laws" and "the great heritage of liberty, justice, and equality under the law."
There began our first national Law Day.
Every president since has issued a proclamation recognizing May 1 as Law Day. In 1961, Congress passed a joint resolution officially establishing May 1 as Law Day. Bar associations, courts, and schools celebrate the day annually.
This year marks the first known federal court-sponsored Law Day in Yosemite National Park. United States Magistrate Judge Michael J. Seng, on behalf of the Eastern District of California, and the San Joaquin Valley chapter of the Federal Bar Association, have invited eighth-grade students from Yosemite Valley, El Portal, Lake Don Pedro, Mariposa and Woodland Elementary schools to commemorate the day against the backdrop of majestic Yosemite Falls. This is intended to be but the first of such annual Law Day commemorations in Yosemite National Park.
The press and public are invited to join us at this celebration at the Yosemite Valley School playground at 10:30 a.m. on May 1.