The committee develops, promotes, and administers discussions in high school classrooms throughout Los Angeles County that educate on and critically examine the Constitutional civil liberties and values fundamental to the American system of government. Founded following the tragic events of September 11, 2001, and to honor Constitution Day, the materials are revised yearly in light of current events and issues. Dialogues are conducted by teams of volunteer lawyers and judges.
Inspiring and educating students about the law and their constitutional freedoms
LACBA proudly announces a new collaboration with the Constitutional Rights Foundation to broaden the reach of the Dialogues program. This important program fosters conversation and debate focused on the preservation of American liberties and values. Volunteer lawyers and judges lead Dialogues sessions at high schools across Los Angeles County. Your participation on either or both days will provide students the chance to meet and interact with lawyers and judges, many for the first time, while engaging in lively and timely discussions about their constitutional rights and protections.
2017 DIALOGUES ON FREEDOM
Held on April 27 and 28 at Public High Schools throughout Southern California
Commemorating the tragedy of September 11, 2001, the need to inspire and educate our young people about the law and constitutional freedoms has never been greater.
The program reached 48 classrooms in 15 schools throughout Los Angeles County, including for the first time, an LA County Probation Camp school. The volunteer attorneys and judges truly enjoy the experience as evidenced in their comments:
One volunteer wrote:
"I’m so glad this program exists to get kids thinking and talking about fundamental rights. I’ll plan to volunteer next year for sure. "
Another volunteer wrote:
"The kids were really engaged and smart as whips! Besides the 1st Amendment Free speech issue, they saw and discussed issues relating to 4th Amd. Protection against unreasonable search and seizure and the 8th Amd. protection against cruel and unusual punishment."