Law Day 2017 centers on the theme, “The 14th Amendment: Transforming American Democracy.” This year, Savannah Law School hosted a movie night featuring the film “Loving,” based on the case of Loving v. Virginia, 388 U.S. 1 (1967), after a discussion of the 14th Amendment by Professor Andy Wright. The event was held at the “Savannah Law School Movie Theater,” decorated with SLS Hollywood Stars, a red carpet, and movie theater treats including hot dogs, hamburgers, popcorn, cotton candy, and more.
Superb job to the following organizations for spearheading SLS Law Day 2017: The ABA, Law Student Division, American Constitution Society, Black Law Students Association, SLS Democrats, Education Outreach Society, and the Federalist Society. Special thanks to professors Andy Wright and Vinay Harpalani for their remarks, as well as SLS faculty, staff, and students – especially Savannah Law student Jenna Le, who coordinated movie night for the school – for supporting this important event.
About Law Day
Law Day is a national day to recognize and celebrate the rule of law and its contributions to society. The 2017 theme, “The 14th Amendment: Transforming American Democracy,” provides the opportunity to explore the many ways that the Fourteenth Amendment has reshaped American law and society. Through its Citizenship, Privileges or Immunities, Due Process, and Equal Protection clauses, this transformative Amendment advanced the rights of all Americans. It also played a pivotal role in extending the reach of the Bill of Rights to the states.
Ratified during Reconstruction a century and a half ago, the Fourteenth Amendment serves as the cornerstone of landmark civil rights legislation, the foundation for numerous federal court decisions protecting fundamental rights, and a source of inspiration for all those who advocate for equal justice under law.