In 1958, President Eisenhower proclaimed May 1 “Law Day,” supposedly at the suggestion of an advisor who was also the president of the American Bar Association. A couple of years later Congress made it officious, or official, or both. I take it that Kennedy signed the bill. Even a fairly naive pre-British Invasion suburban kid like me could pretty well figure out that there was something co-optive and soul-deadening about this tactic. We might now carry this innocuating process to its logical conclusion by re-naming May 1 “Interstate Highway Day.”
That pretty green banner is hanging on my door over the page with my office hours, which become pretty irrelevant with the end of classes in a couple of days.