Did you know today is Law Day? Since 1958, Law Day has served to highlight light the way the rule of law and the legal process contribute to the freedoms all Americans enjoy. It also presents an opportunity to recognize the role of the courts in democracy, as well as the importance of jury service.

The 2015 Law Day celebration commemorates the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, the charter which first put limits on absolute power in England and promised citizens the right to a speedy trial and protection against unlawful imprisonment. Many of the ideas outlined in the Magna Carta directly influenced the Constitution of the United States.

The American Bar Association is celebrating Law Day with a variety of classroom resources dedicated to this year’s theme, the Magna Carta.