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Preserving Constitutional Values in the Face of Technology Focus of New Republic Editor’s Law Day Talk

Jeffrey Rosen, professor of law at The George Washington University and the legal affairs editor of The New Republic

Jeffrey Rosen, professor of law at The George Washington University and the legal affairs editor of The New Republic

This year’s Law Day theme – “Law in the 21st Century: Enduring Traditions, Emerging Challenges” – set its focus on the dramatic changes in the law as it seeks to shape and adapt to new conditions presented at the beginning of this second decade of the century.

ABA Law Day celebratory events included an April 26 National Press Club luncheon seminar for high school teachers participating in programs by the Close Up Foundation, a nonprofit organization that educates and inspires young people to become informed and engaged citizens.  Featured speaker at the luncheon was Jeffrey Rosen, professor of law at The George Washington University and the legal affairs editor of The New Republic, who spoke about how the 21st century will challenge us to preserve constitutional values in the face of new technologies.

ABA President Carolyn Lamm also made opening remarks.

Click here to view photos from the event.

Listen to the full program here.

While Law Day is officially recognized on May 1, many civic groups and bar associations celebrate with month-long programs, presentations and events. The ABA Division for Public Education also maintains the Law Day web site, www.lawday.org, that offers a wide range of Law Day program planning materials for schools, court houses, civic groups, lawyers and others.

Envisioned in 1957 by then ABA President Charles S. Rhyne as a special national day of recognition, the first Law Day was established by President Dwight Eisenhower the following year.  Congress issued a joint resolution in 1961 designating May 1 as the official day for celebration.