President Dwight D. Eisenhower commemorated the first Law Day on May 1, 1958. Law Day celebrates the importance of the rule of law to the United States. In his proclamation of this day, Eisenhower said, "In a very real sense, the world no longer has a choice between force and law. If civilization is to survive it must choose the rule of law."
This lesson provides an overview of the Gideon v. Wainwright case and the current obstacles that the public defender system faces.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein discussed the role of prosecutors and the Department of Justice. He emphasized the importance of prosecutors following the rule of law and differentiating between truth and opinion.