The NH Bar Association will celebrate Law Day on Friday, May 2 this year. The day, which gives yearly recognition to the legal profession, will be celebrated nationally on May 1, marking its 50th anniversary.
Most law schools host an event in recognition of Law Day every year. In addition, state bar associations throughout the country have programs reinforcing its importance. This year, Law Day seems more significant than ever, especially with the conflicts regarding the rule of law in various countries around the world. The disregard for due process and the mistreatment of attorneys and judges in many societies has caused growing concern throughout the legal profession.
The NH Bar Association is proud to join in celebrating Law Day. As in years past, the Association promotes the "A Lawyer and Judge in Every School" program (ALIES). Because our official observance is scheduled for May 2 and some schools are on vacation that week, we are encouraging Bar volunteers to make arrangements with teachers on a mutually convenient date. Law Day can actually be any day you have the time to visit a school. Teachers are happy to work around your other responsibilities.
This program provides attorneys and judges the opportunity to visit classrooms and schools to speak with students on various legal subjects. This year, there are three new classroom exercises to assist volunteers in their classroom visits (see box this page).
Law Day provides a great opportunity to connect with students and to promote the legal profession, the value of lawyers and the rule of law. It is also an important volunteer effort.
There is still time to sign up to take part in a Law Day activity. The Bar Association is seeking Bar members to answer the requests from schools around the state. Law Related Education Coordinator Robin E. Knippers will gladly match member volunteers with classrooms/schools. (Contact her at