What Is Law Day?

Law Day is a national event held on May 1 to celebrate the rule of law and underscore how law and the legal process contribute to the freedoms all Americans share. Law Day events are sponsored by law schools, bar associations, courts, youth groups, community organizations, and more.

We are participating in Law Day to help cultivate a deeper understanding of the legal profession and issues related to the field. This year’s Law Day theme is "The 14th Amendment: Transforming American Democracy," so we hosted a live online discussion panel on the 14th Amendment’s incorporation of the 2nd Amendment (the right to bear arms) to the states, as well as featuring faculty, student, and alumni articles related to the 14th Amendment.

"The 2nd and 14th Amendments: The Past, Present, and Future of Gun Rights"

As part of Law Day, Concord Law School held its first Facebook Live online panel discussion. Kathleen Reagan, Concord Law School faculty member, and Adam Winkler, University of California–Los Angeles School of Law professor and author of Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America, discussed the past, present, and future of gun rights in an online panel discussion. The discussion was moderated by Martin Pritikin, Concord Law School Dean.

The panelists:

  • Explored the application of the 2nd Amendment to the states under the incorporation doctrine of the 14th Amendment 
  • Discussed the history of the 2nd and 14th Amendments
  • Explained how precedents are currently being applied in the states
  • Shared their views on the future of gun rights and more

Panelist Bios
Kathleen Reagan Headshot

Kathleen A. Reagan is a professor at Concord Law School at Purdue University Global. Professor Reagan graduated from the University of Virginia with a BA in English Literature, and spent a year attending Cambridge University, UK, specializing in English Literature and English Common Law. Professor Reagan received her Juris Doctorate from Tulane Law School. Since 2002, she has served as a professor at Concord Law School, teaching Constitutional Law, Evidence, and Professional Responsibility, among other subjects. From 1986 to 1994, she worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Plymouth County, Massachusetts as Chief District Court Prosecutor and as Chief of the Family Protection Unit. She then spent several years at the firm of Lane, Lane and Kelly in Braintree, Massachusetts, before establishing her own practice in 2006. Professor Reagan handles cases and matters related to firearms licensing, which complements a focus in equine law and agriculture-related cases.

Adam Winkler Headshot

Adam Winkler is a professor at UCLA School of Law, and a specialist in American constitutional law. His scholarship has been cited by the Supreme Court of the United States and his writing has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, New Republic, Atlantic, Slate, and Scotusblog. His commentary has been featured on the NBC Nightly News, ABC News, CNN, Fox, and National Public Radio. He has authored over two dozen scholarly articles, co-edited the Encyclopedia of the American Constitution (2nd edition), and published over 80 opinion pieces on legal issues. Prior to joining the UCLA faculty, he clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He is also the author of Gunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America (2011), and his next book, We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights, will be published in 2018.

2017's Law Day Theme
"The 14th Amendment:
Transforming American Democracy"

This year’s Law Day event examines the many ways the 14th Amendment of the Constitution has reshaped American law and society.

Ratified in 1868, 3 years after the end of the Civil War, the amendment guaranteed former slaves citizenship and all its privileges. It is a cornerstone of landmark civil rights legislation, and the foundation for many federal court decisions protecting fundamental rights.

With clauses on citizenship, due process, and equal protection, the 14th Amendment advances the rights of all Americans and extends the reach of the Bill of Rights to the states. 

Concord Faculty and Alumni
Salute Law Day

Law Day Articles by Concord Law School Faculty

Our distinguished faculty members bring with them years of professional experience in the courtroom, the boardroom, and public service. For Law Day, our faculty members wrote articles related to this year’s 14th Amendment theme. 

Article by Purdue Global Faculty:

Law Day Essays

Concord alumni and current students come from all walks of life. Hear what they have to say on a variety of relevant legal issues.