On February 15, the United States will celebrate its 138th Presidents Day!
When reflecting on the holiday, we learned something interesting. Of our 44 U.S. presidents throughout history, 26 of them have had a relationship with the law profession. As leaders of our country, these men have established and maintained our Constitution, Bill of Rights and fought tirelessly to ensure that a trial by jury be awarded to every man, woman or child should they need it.
George Washington, our first president whose birthday is celebrated on Presidents Day (along with Abraham Lincoln’s birthday), even said:
“There was not a member of the Constitutional Convention who had the least objection to what is contended for by the advocates for a Bill of Rights and trial by jury.”
This sentiment was later echoed by James Madison, the fourth president of the United States:
“Trial by jury in civil cases is as essential to secure the liberty of the people as any one of the pre-existent rights of nature.”
And they were not wrong. All of these 26 leaders clearly understood the natural connection between the practice of law and serving the community, just as we strive to do every day at Hupy and Abraham. So this Presidents Day let us take a moment to remember the great contributions these men have made to our civil justice system, and what that means to us today.
Happy Presidents Day from everyone at the law firm of Hupy and Abraham!