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. 2017 DIALOGUES ON FREEDOM EVENT Event: April 27 and 28 Engaging Students in Debates on Freedom, Civil Liberties and the American System of Government In Commemoration of Law Day – May 1st Held at Public High Schools throughout Southern California VOLUNTEER TODAY! The Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Dialogues on Freedom program fosters conversation and debate in local high schools focused on the preservation of American liberties and values. Dialogues conducted in local high school classes are led by volunteer lawyers and judges. Your participation on either or both days will provide students the opportunity to meet and interact with judges and lawyers, many for the first time, while engaging in lively discussions about their constitutional rights and protections. New volunteers are asked to attend a one-hour training program on April 6, 2017, at 6:00 pm at LACBA offices. Or you can watch the training video online, available after April 6. All volunteers will moderate a classroom discussion on Dialogues on Freedom Days, April 27 and 28, at a Los Angeles County high school. CLICK HERE to sign up to volunteer for the April 27-28 Dialogues on Freedom 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. 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.