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September 16, 2022

Constitution Day 2022

The Virginia State Bar honors an often-overlooked federal holiday, Constitution Day, that falls each year on September 17 to mark the precise day in 1787 that the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the final time to sign the historic and formative document they had created. Today, the Constitution still serves as the supreme law of the United States.

As lawyers and judges, we are tasked with the mighty responsibility of preserving, guarding, and interpreting this remarkable document that set as its goals a government for the people and by the people, and declares in its preamble:

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

In its 235-year history, the Constitution has been amended only 27 times, though over 11,000 amendments have been proposed, and hundreds of thousands of bills have been introduced attempting to amend it. In all of these activities, lawyers sought the changes, debated their merits, wrote the proposals, and ultimately voted to ratify or reject these amendments.

The law is a noble profession, and Virginia lawyers are a group steeped in the history of all that is great about this nation. No matter what type of law we practice, Virginia lawyers have a key function in American government and upholding of the Rule of Law. 

Updated: Sep 16, 2022