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WHEREAS, Law Day is an occasion of public acknowledgement of our Nation’s goals of justice, liberty, and equality under the law; andWHEREAS, the United States Congress has statutorily designated May 1 as the annual day for commemoration of Law Day; and
WHEREAS, the American Bar Association has designated the 2017 Law Day theme to be “The Fourteenth Amendment: Transforming American Democracy” in recognition of the numerous contributions to American law and society of one of the most often cited constitutional enactments; and
WHEREAS, the Fourteenth Amendment, in the nearly century and a half that has elapsed since its ratification, has greatly expanded the constitutional protections available to all through its clauses guaranteeing due process and equal protection; and
WHEREAS, the Fourteenth Amendment has served as the vehicle by which many of the protections in the Bill of Rights have been found to be enforceable against state and local government actions that infringe upon fundamental liberties; and
WHEREAS, the Fourteenth Amendment constitutionally defined national citizenship for the first time and guaranteed that the privileges or immunities of United States citizenship would not be denied to any individual citizen; and
WHEREAS, the Fourteenth Amendment has served as the basis of and inspiration for landmark civil rights legislation and court decisions protecting and advancing the rights of Americans; and
WHEREAS, promoting public understanding of the roots of our freedom are an important component in the civic education of the citizens of the United States; and
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that I, Lydia E. Lavelle, Mayor of the Town of Carrboro, North Carolina, do hereby proclaim the day of Monday, May 1, 2017 as “Law Day” in the Town of Carrboro. I call upon all residents to reflect on the continuing importance of the Fourteenth Amendment in all of our lives and in our community.