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Watson letter: Help celebrate Law Day

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Friday, May 1, is Law Day.
In 1958, President Dwight Eisenhower established Law Day to mark our nation’s commitment to the rule of law, a principle that sets us apart from many other countries around the world. Its designation underscores how law and the legal process have contributed to the freedoms that all Americans share.
Lawyers have a significant role in this process, working every day to uphold the Constitution of the United States and ensure the rule of law prevails. It is our professional duty to ensure that justice is available to all citizens and to defend the rights and freedoms of the people and businesses we represent.
Lawyers do more than advocate for their clients. Here at home, our Young Lawyers Division annually observes Community Law Week during the first week of May, in conjunction with Law Day. During this time, South Carolina young lawyers plan community service projects in each judicial circuit to serve the public through initiatives such as Ask-A-Lawyer phone banks, childhood literacy efforts and food drives.
This week of service allows young lawyers to promote public service among the legal profession, while at the same time serving their communities.
Throughout the year, we strive to serve the citizens of South Carolina and educate them about their legal rights, knowing that a successful justice system begins with an understanding of the rule of law and individual liberties.
I am proud of South Carolina lawyers and the long history of public service and contributions we are making to our state.
This Law Day, please join me in celebrating our country’s dedication to the rule of law and the role lawyers play in ensuring that the rule of law prevails.
Cal Watson
2014-15 S.C. Bar president