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Dialogues on Freedom

2015 Dialogues on Freedom

The Dialogues on Freedom program facilitates dialogues in local high schools, focused on the liberties and values our country is attempting to defend and preserve. Dialogues are conducted by teams of volunteer lawyers and judges in high school classes around Los Angeles County, and the materials are revised yearly in light of current events and issues.

FYI—2014 Prompt

2014 Manual and Reference Materials

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.

Lisa Kiriakidis (r.) and Marvin Lanter (l.) listening to student comments at Mendez Learning Center on October 23, 2013

Marvin Lanter (r.) and Samuel Konugres (l.) leading discussion at Esteban Torres High School on October 12, 2012

Read the article in the November 2013 edition of the County Bar Update that chronicled the 2013 Dialogues on Freedom

Dialogues on Freedom Committee Roster

Program Overview

  • United States Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy founded Dialogues on Freedom in response to the September 11 terrorist attacks.
  • Dialogues on Freedom are situation-based topics facilitated by lawyers and judges that challenge students to examine and discuss their perspectives on the balance of personal freedom versus security from crime.
  • The program explores American civil values and traditions and help students understand how these values make each of them individually "American."
  • The program encourages students to consider the broad concepts of freedom, law and justice by examining situations they might face at home and school.
  • Dialogues on Freedom is a LACBA program in partnership with the Los Angeles Superior Court and Los Angeles Unified School District.

Why Volunteer?
  • Provides students with an opportunity to meet and interact--many for the first time--with judges and lawyers and expose them to the possibility of pursuing a career in law.
  • You'll join the ranks of the hundreds of volunteers who have participated in Dialogues on Freedom since 2002, including former California Supreme Court Justice Carlos Moreno, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, former Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich, and former LASC Presiding Judge Lee Edmon. 
  • Each Dialogues on Freedom session takes a one- to two-hour commitment based on the number of classes that you agree to lead. Schools will be assigned based on regions that you request to the extent possible.


Dialogues Training Session Video (from 2012)