Attorney General Denise George of the Department of Justice informs the public that Law Day, Law Week and Lawyers Well-being Week are all recognized during May. Law Day (May 1) and Law Week (May 18-24) celebrate the rule of law that protects the freedoms Americans enjoy. Lawyers Well-being Week (May 4-8) is dedicated to improving the health and wellness of those in the legal profession.
“The law is a system of rules that a society or government develops to deal with crime, business agreements and social relationships. The rule of law is a set of principles or ideals for ensuring an orderly and just society. It is the bedrock of our community,” said George.
“Even in these difficult times of the COVID-19 pandemic, when people are experiencing uncertainty, our laws seek to protect the health, safety and well-being of every person throughout the territory. Considering the COVID-19 pandemic, many in the legal profession have transformed the system to ensure that the vital legal needs of the citizens are met.”
Nationwide this month, students learn about the role of the law in our society through a variety of lesson plans; attorneys and other legal professionals celebrate with luncheons and other events. Annually, V.I. Department of Justice attorneys also reaches out to schools to teach law and explain the legal process. Many of this year’s celebration nationwide are virtual due to COVID -19.
This year’s theme is “Your Vote. Your Voice. Our Democracy: The 19th Amendment at 100.” It looks at voting rights as well as the importance of exercising those rights to effect change. It celebrates the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which granted women the right to vote and prohibited discrimination against women. It also recognizes the 150th anniversary of the 15th Amendment, which prohibits the denial of the right to vote based on race for African American men.
For more information about Law Day 2020, including its resources and related events, visit www.LawDay.org or the American Bar Association.