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107 STAT. 2652 PROCLAMATION 6555—APR. 30, 1993 IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirtieth day of April, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and ninety- three, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and seventeenth. WILLIAM J. CLINTON Proclamation 6555 of April 30, 1993 Law Day, U.S.A., 1993 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation Ours is a Nation of laws, united not just by a common language and culture, but by a imique devotion to and belief in a national common law: om* Constitution. On Law Day, we celebrate our Constitution and all of the legal institutions that flow from it. Though often thought of as the province of lawyers, we must never forget Qiat these laws and institutions were created not just by lawyers, but also by farmers and architects; businesspeople and laborers; doctors, ranchers, merchants, and machinists. The protection under our laws is the birthright of all Americans, the great inheritance we have received from those who have come before. In times past, not all Americans have shared in the rights secured by our laws. Courageous and visionary men and women devoted their lives—and sometimes sacrificed them—^because they believed that none of us can enjoy the blessings of liberty unless all of us do. To the people who continue to give of themselves each day to this piu'suit goes my highest tribute on this Law Day. Today, as a lawyer and as President, I challenge the members of America's legal profession to devote themselves to the great causes and the great challenges before us as a Nation. As did your predecessors, you must be the leaders in the struggle to promote equality in our society and justice in our courts. Just as our laws are meant to benefit us all, the practice of law cannot be conducted for private benefit alone. I call on all lawyers to make a commitment to public service and civic af- fairs. This is the heritage of our profession, and a duty arising from the privilege bestowed upon us as lawyers. On Law Day, I want to reiterate the commitment of my Administration to the rule of law, both here at home and aroimd the world. My Administration will work hard to improve the quality of justice in our courts by selecting the very best men and women to serve as Federal judges. We will dedicate ourselves to promoting justice in our communities by launching new and innovative measures to combat crime and ensure public safety. We will pledge to advance justice in our society by reinvigorating our civil rights laws and our application of them. We will strive to strengthen our families by increasing enforcement of our child support laws; to strengthen our environment by demanding that polluters pay for the harm that they cause; to strengthen our economy by ensiuing that all persons have an equal right to opportunity