August 2009 • Vol. 29 No. 7 | An E-Publication of the Los Angeles County Bar Association

Judges, Lawyers to Discuss Freedom and Its Responsibilities after 9/11 with Los Angeles-Area High School Students

Volunteers needed to conduct discussions this year on September 16, 2009. Contact

Join LACBA’s Dialogues on Freedom to help lead a discussion in a local Los Angeles-area high school on September 16, 2009, focusing on the meaning of freedom balanced with security issues in the wake of September 11, 2001.

Since its inception in 2002, this annual program, which is cosponsored by the Los Angeles Superior Court in cooperation with the Los Angeles Unified School District, has become a day of remembrance and tribute, and an opportunity for lawyers and judges to impact high school students in our community—future decision-makers who are in particular need of guided discussion regarding the importance of the events since 2001 by focusing on issues related to our legal system and government.

Volunteer teams of lawyers and judges will conduct dialogues throughout the day on September 16 in 50-minute sessions in high school classes around Los Angeles County. Last year, teams received assignments at the following schools: Belmont, Chatsworth, Dorsey, Eagle Rock, Fremont, Hollywood, Jefferson, Lincoln, Manual Arts, Monroe, North Hollywood, Roosevelt, University, Venice, and Wilson. Schools participating this year will be posted at as the program date approaches.

The court furlough date in September was chosen to allow more judicial officers to participate this year. Providing students exposure to legal professionals can help impact student thinking about preparing for possible careers in the law.

Trainings for judges and lawyers who wish to participate in this year’s dialogues will take place on Wednesday, September 9, at 5:30 p.m. at Stanley Mosk Courthouse, 111 N. Hill St., Room 222, in downtown Los Angeles or alternatively on Saturday, September 12, at 10:00 a.m. at Venice High School, 13000 Venice Blvd. An additional training session has been set for Monday, September 14, at 5:30 p.m. at Monroe High School, 9229 Haskell Ave., North Hills. If you are interested in participating as a volunteer in the Dialogues on Freedom program, please e-mail the following information—your name, firm/office name, firm/office address, office phone, and e-mail address—to or fill out the online form here by August 28, 2009.

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