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April 27, 2009
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May 1 marks Law Day across the United States, a day to reflect and celebrate law’s role in American society.

“President Eisenhower established Law Day back in 1958 to contrast our system with the communist system, which had their big May Day event on May 1st,” said 62-B District Court Judge, the Honorable William G. Kelly. “We’re a nation of laws, and I think it’s a great tradition that’s been established over the last 51 years to recognize the importance of law in our society.”

Kimberly Coleman, executive director of the Grand Rapids Bar Association, expanded on the emphasis Law Day puts on American culture.

“Basically, it underscores how law and the legal process contributes to the freedoms that all Americans share,” she said.

Law Day also presents the GRBA with the occasion to help educate about the law profession and its impact on the U.S.

“It certainly is our opportunity to get involved and provide education and inspiration within the community, as well as the profession, in regard to Law Day and what it means,” said Coleman.

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