American Bar Association President Robert Carlson [Courtesy of the American Bar Association]
On May 1, 2019 at 1:30 p.m., the Law Library of Congress
will present its annual Law Day event. Join Law Librarian of Congress, Jane Sánchez
, in a conversation with American Bar Association
President, Bob Carlson
, for a discussion on this year’s Law Day
topic, “Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society.”
Please register for this event via Eventbrite.
The discussion will take place in Room LJ-119, located on the first floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C. In addition, a collections display featuring items from the Law Library of Congress and the Serials and Government Document Division will be open at LJ-113 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Held annually on May 1, Law Day is a national day to celebrate the rule of law. Law Day underscores how law and the legal process contribute to the freedoms that all Americans share. Law Day also provides an opportunity to recognize the role of courts in democracy and the importance of jury service to maintaining the integrity of the courts.
This program is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required but registration is highly recommended.
For additional event information, please contact the Office of External Relations at [email protected].
Request ADA accommodations 5 business days in advance at 202-707-6362 or [email protected].
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