May 1 is known as Law Day.
Lawyers across America use it to recognize the establishing principles of government.
When President Eisenhower established Law Day in 1958, he said if civilization is to survive, it must choose the rule of law. Springfield lawyers told 22News that that still holds true today.
“The court system provides an opportunity for regular people to decide how they’re gonna settle their disputes,” says a litigation attorney, Kathy Sheehan said. “Without an orderly way to settle disputes between two people the civilization fails.”
In Springfield, Law Day is accompanied with an award ceremony. The John M. Greaney Award is given to an attorney and non-attorney who are thought of as outstanding citizens in the local law community.
This year’s awards went to First Justice William Boyle of the Springfield District Court and retired Chief Court Officer Kenneth O’Connor Jr.