Wednesday, 04 30, 2014
Susan Stokley Clary
Supreme Court Clerk
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- The Supreme Court of Kentucky and Dignitaries from the legal profession will join communities and states nationwide celebrating Law Day at the Kentucky State Capitol in the Chamber of the House of Representatives on Thursday, May 1st, at 10:00 a.m.
"Freedom under law is like the air we breathe," declared President Dwight D. Eisenhower in a speech made to celebrate the first Law Day, May 1, 1958. He proclaimed it to be a "day of dedication to the principle of government under law...." In April 1961, Congress and President John F. Kennedy proclaimed the first of May each year as Law Day, U.S.A.
Today, as then, Law Day offers Americans an opportunity to reaffirm their loyalty to the United States of America and to rededicate themselves to the ideals of equality and justice under law in their relations with each other as well as with other nations.
Kentucky's Law Day ceremonies, hosted by the Supreme Court of Kentucky, will begin at 10:00 a.m., on Thursday. Chief Justice John D. Minton, Jr. will open a special court session and will introduce distinguished guests representing the Courts and the legal community.
The Honorable Michelle M. Keller, Justice, Supreme Court of Kentucky, 6th District, will be introduced by Chief Justice John D. Minton, Jr. and will make remarks on the Law Day Theme of: "American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters." Justice Keller will receive, "the Liberty Bell Award" for her service to the Court of Justice and the Commonwealth.
Following Justice Keller's remarks, a swearing-in ceremony for 150 new attorneys will be conducted. Honorable Thomas L. Rouse, President of the Kentucky Bar Association, will make remarks and present the new attorneys to the assemblage. Mrs. Susan Stokley Clary, Clerk of the Supreme Court, will administer the Constitutional Oath.