Law Day

Each year on May 1st, the United States observes Law Day to celebrate our legal system and the freedoms Americans enjoy. The 2021 Law Day theme is “Advancing the Rule of Law Now.”

In celebration of Law Day, the New York State Courts Office for Justice Initiatives, Access to Justice Division, sponsors events designed to provide the public with information about state and local social and legal services. Events are celebrated in different counties in New York City and occasionally held in areas outside of New York City. In past years, government and social service agencies have participated by staffing resource tables and preparing written material to educate the public about what services are available to meet their social and legal needs.

Past participants have included Safe Horizons, Rent Stabilization Association, Department of the Aging, New York City Bar Association - Legal Referral Service, New York State Court Officers Association, and the Association of Small Claims Arbitrators.


Upcoming Events 

This year, in celebration of the spirit of Law Day, the Office for Justice Initiatives invites high school students in New York State, to participate in an art contest inspired by the theme “Advancing the Rule of Law Now.”

The winning artist will have their artwork featured on the Office for Justice Initiatives’ Law Day website until Law Day 2022. All contestants will receive a certificate of participation.

The contest begins on May 24, 2021 and ends on June 25, 2021. The winner will be announced by July 16, 2021. Review the contest rules for more information and complete the registration form to enter the contest. Registration forms and artwork may also be submitted by regular mail.

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Photo Gallery

Law Day Photo Gallery Archive