[United States Statutes at Large, Volume 124, 111th Congress, 2nd Session]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office, www.gpo.gov]

 
PROCLAMATION 8511--APR. 29, 2010

Proclamation 8511 of April 29, 2010
Law Day, U.S.A., 2010
By the President of the United States of America
A Proclamation

For over two centuries, our Nation has adhered to the rule of law as the
foundation for a safe, free, and just society. President Eisenhower,
seeking to formally recognize this tradition, established Law Day in
1958 as ``a day of national dedication to the principles of government
under law.'' Each Law Day, we celebrate our commitment to the rule of
law and to upholding the fundamental principles enshrined in our
founding documents.
Today, we can travel, communicate, and conduct business around the world
faster than ever before. The theme of this year's Law Day, ``Law in the
21st Century: Enduring Traditions and Emerging Challenges,'' reminds us
to draw upon and adapt our time-honored legal traditions to meet the
demands of a global era. The prosperity we enjoy as a Nation of laws
increasingly depends on preserving the rights and liberties not just in
our own country but also in other nations.

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In an increasingly interconnected world, legal issues of human rights,
criminal justice, intellectual property, business transactions, dispute
resolution, human migration, and environmental regulation affect us all.
The enduring legal principles of due process and equal protection of the
law, judicial independence, access to justice, and a firm commitment to
the rule of law will continue to allow us to address today's concerns
while anticipating tomorrow's challenges.
On this Law Day, I encourage all Americans to reflect upon and renew our
commitment to our legal traditions. By fostering an open dialogue about
law's role in the 21st century, we help ensure that all people
understand, remain dedicated to, and are protected by the principles of
government under law.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of
America, in accordance with Public Law 87-20, as amended, do hereby
proclaim May 1, 2010, as Law Day, U.S.A. I call upon all Americans to
acknowledge the importance of our Nation's legal and judicial systems
with appropriate ceremonies and activities, and to display the flag of
the United States in support of this national observance.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-ninth day of
April, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the Independence
of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth.
BARACK OBAMA