The Law Library of Congress will host Jeffrey Rosen in a celebration of Law Day 2014. This program is part of the Law Library’s annual celebration of Law Day, a national day to celebrate the rule of law and its contributions to the freedoms that Americans enjoy. In 1957, the American Bar Association instituted Law Day to draw attention to both the principles and practices of law and justice. President Dwight D. Eisenhower established Law Day with a proclamation in 1958. For more information on the celebration, visit Margaret‘s Law Day Guide.
This year’s national Law Day theme, “American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters,” recognizes the impending 50th anniversaries of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. This event marks the second time that Rosen will speak at the Law Library. Last May, Professor Rosen was part of our distinguished Law Day panel.
Rosen is president and chief executive officer of the National Constitution Center, professor of law at The George Washington University Law School, and is the legal affairs editor of The New Republic. He is a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, where he explores issues involving the future of technology and the Constitution.
An award-winning journalist whose essays and commentaries have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, National Public Radio, and The New Yorker, The Chicago Tribune named Rosen one of the 10 best magazine journalists in America and a reviewer for the Los Angeles Times called him “the nation’s most widely read and influential legal commentator.”
Professor Rosen’s books include The Supreme Court: The Personalities and Rivalries that Defined America; The Most Democratic Branch: How The Courts Serve America; The Naked Crowd: Freedom and Security in an Anxious Age; and The Unwanted Gaze: The Destruction of Privacy in America, and he is co-editor or Constitution 3.0: Freedom and Technological Change.
This program will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 1, in the Mumford Room, located on the sixth floor of the Library’s James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. The event is free and open to the public; tickets are not required.
We hope you can join us! For those of our readers who will not be able to make it to the event, we will have a member of the In Custodia Legis team attend on your behalf and blog about it afterwards. We will also live tweet the event via Twitter @LawLibCongress, using #LawDay.
Update: The event video was added below.