October 2013 • Vol. 33 No. 10 | An E-Publication of the Los Angeles County Bar Association

Dialogues on Freedom: Judges, Lawyers Needed to Engage High School Students in Discussions about Freedom and Its Responsibilities on October 23

“A chance to inspire young minds does not come along very often.”

Join LACBA’s Dialogues on Freedom to help lead a discussion in a local high school on October 23, 2013, focusing on the meaning of freedom, and conflicts between freedom and security protections in a manner to which students can relate. The program, which began in 2002 in response to the September 11, 2001 events, takes place in October to accommodate the school calendar. Produced in cooperation with the Los Angeles Unified School District and the Los Angeles Superior Court, it is an opportunity for members of the legal community to impact students in high school classes throughout Los Angeles County.

Last year, 102 volunteer lawyers and judges visited 18 LAUSD schools as well as several non-LAUSD campuses. Personal interaction with judges and lawyers can be the spark that ignites a young person’s interest in pursuing a legal career. The program provides students exposure to legal professionals at schools that exemplify the diversity of Los Angeles.

“It’s wonderful to connect with real students in a classroom setting
where you can learn as much from them as they do from you.”

Volunteer trainings. Judges and lawyers who are interested in volunteering should fill out the online form at www.lacba.org/dialogues or e-mail your name, firm/office name, firm/office address, office phone, cell phone, and e-mail address to lalaw4kids@lacba.org.

In addition, new volunteers who wish to participate in this year's dialogues should attend one of the training sessions listed below:

  • A training session at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 16, at LACBA, 1055 W. 7th Street, 27th Floor, Los Angeles, followed by the fourth annual kick-off reception for Dialogues on Freedom volunteers with an address by Loyola Law Professor Laurie Levenson on “Why the Supreme Court Matters and Why It Doesn’t.” This event will provide one hour of CLE credit. The October 16 CLE program and reception has limited seating, and registrants are required to commit to leading one or more dialogues on October 23. To attend the October 16 session, register HERE.
  • An hour-long training session on Thursday, October 17, at 4:30 p.m. at Cleveland High School, 8140 Vanalden Avenue, Reseda. To attend the October 17 session, register HERE.
  • An hour-long training session on Saturday, October 19, at 11:00 a.m. at La Cienega Park Community Center, 8400 Gregory Way, Beverly Hills. To attend the October 19 session, register HERE.

Please sign up by October 17, 2013 to receive classroom and partner assignments before the day of dialogues.

“Dialogues on Freedom is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate to
Los Angeles County high school students that while the law affects them, they affect the law, too.”

Questions about volunteering with Dialogues on Freedom may be directed to lalaw4kids@lacba.org.

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