September 2010 • Vol. 30 No. 8 | An E-Publication of the Los Angeles County Bar Association

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

Program established following 9/11

Volunteers needed to conduct interactive discussions this year on October 20, 2010. Contact freedom@lacba.org.

Join LACBA’s Dialogues on Freedom to help lead a discussion in a local Los Angeles-area high school on October 20, 2010, focusing on the meaning of freedom balanced with security issues. The program—started in the wake of September 11, 2001—takes place in October this year due to a later school calendar.

Since its inception in 2002, the annual program, produced in cooperation with the Los Angeles Unified School District and the Los Angeles Superior Court, has become a day of remembrance and tribute, and an opportunity for members of the law community to impact local high school students in the broader community—future decision-makers in particular need of guided discussion regarding the importance of events since 2001. By focusing on issues related to our legal system and government to which they can relate, volunteer teams of lawyers and judges will conduct dialogues throughout the day on October 20 in 50-minute sessions in high school classes throughout Los Angeles County.

Last year, teams received assignments at the following schools: Belmont, Chatsworth, Dorsey, Eagle Rock, East Valley, Fremont, Hollywood, Jefferson, Lincoln, Manual Arts, Monroe, North Hollywood, Roosevelt, University, Venice, and Wilson, as well as a few non-LAUSD campuses. Schools participating this year will be posted at www.lacba.org as the program date approaches.

Personal interaction with lawyers and judges can be the spark that ignites a young person’s interest in pursuing a legal career. By providing students exposure to legal professionals, the program contributes to the pipeline concept in schools that exemplify the diversity of Los Angeles.

Hour-long trainings for judges and lawyers who wish to participate in this year’s dialogues will take place on Tuesday, October 12, at 5:30 p.m. at Monroe High School, 9229 Haskell Ave., North Hills—or alternatively—on Saturday, October 16, at 10:00 a.m. at Venice High School, 13000 Venice Blvd. This year, a shortened training session has been set for 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 30, at LACBA, 1055 W. 7th Street, 27th Floor, Los Angeles, followed by a reception of appreciation for 2010 Dialogues on Freedom volunteers and an address by California Supreme Court Associate Justice Carlos Moreno that provides one hour of MCLE credit. The September 30 MCLE program and reception is limited to 75 registrants who commit to leading one or more dialogues on October 20.

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 freedom@lacba.org or fill out the online form. Registrations for all training sessions may also be made via the Member Service phone number (213-896-6560) until capacity is reached.
 




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