Peter J. Kalis, chairman and managing partner of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham LLP (K&LNG), has been appointed as Chair of the American Bar Association's (ABA) National Law Day 2006. Law Day commemorates the rule of law and the ways in which our legal system has contributed to American freedoms.
As chair, Mr. Kalis will oversee the ABA's effort to help schools and other organizations around the country plan and implement appropriate Law Day programming as it relates to this year's Law Day theme, 'Separate Branches, Balanced Powers.' The theme highlights the Founders' intentions and accomplishments in creating a government of separate powers that work together to create one, dynamic system.
'This important day gives Americans a chance each year to celebrate the rule of law and how it directly impacts freedom and justice in our system of democracy,' said Michael S. Greco, president of the American Bar Association. 'Since 1958, Bar Associations around the country have developed programs to educate Americans about the ways in which our system of law serves all of us, and the great importance of all Americans to protect our democracy. I am very pleased that Peter Kalis accepted my invitation to lead this important initiative by serving as Chair of Law Day during my term as ABA president. There is no one more committed to protecting the rule of law nor more eloquent in articulating the importance of the separation of powers doctrine for all Americans.'
Mr. Kalis said: 'Law Day presents an excellent opportunity for the legal profession to reach out to a wide range of audiences, everyone from kindergartners to senior citizens. Through Law Day, we can share our collective belief in our heritage of liberty under law and, according to Law Day founder Charles Rhyne, our creed and birthright of equal justice under law. We salute all who present speeches, organize activities, and motivate others to participate in Law Day celebrations this and every year.'
With its origins dating back to the late 1950's, Law Day was first conceptualized by then-President of the American Bar Association Charles S. Rhyne, who wanted to pay tribute to the legal system of the United States. In 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower established Law Day to underscore how law and the legal process as established by our founding fathers contributes to the freedoms that all Americans share. In a joint resolution passed in 1961, Congress designated May 1 as the official date to celebrate Law Day to honor our rich traditions of liberty, justice and equality under law.