May 1 has a long history, covering many customs and traditions. Here is one summary of history of May 1.
During the post WWII Cold War years, President Dwight Eisenhower proclaimed May 1 as Law Day in the United States, a contrast to the martial celebration of the day in the then-Soviet Union. In 1961, Congress established Law Day as an official date on the national calendar.
Then came the 1960s, and a group of Twin Citizens in Minnesota decided that if Law Day was good, World Law was a proposition worthy of advancing, and thus World Law Day was born, with its first annual dinner in 1964, some attracting hundreds of participants.
The annual event went on until the early 1990s, and was replaced by other activities. Then in 2013, Lynn Elling, one of the founders of “World Law Day” and then in his 90s, asked for World Law Day to be reestablished. This year will be the 7th iteration, featuring Jim Nelson, for over 50 years active in the organizations which formed World Law Day in the beginning. Speaker at the 2013 event was David Brink, once president of the American Bar Association.
All subsequent evenings have been stimulating and thought-provoking, with a variety of speakers and topics. This years will be the same.
Full information about the May 1 program is accessible in this single page link: World Law Day 2019004.
All details about this years celebration are in the single page pdf above.
This is a dinner gathering, with dinner at 5:30 on Wednesday May 1, followed by Mr. Nelson’s review of the rich history he experienced.
Reservations are requested.
The evening will be very well worth your time, if you have an interest in a world which respects and relies on law for developing positive relationship between nations and people. I’ll hope you can make it.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019.