Dialogues on Freedom

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.




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


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.
Thanks to all the volunteer judicial officers and attorneys who participated in LACBA's Dialogues on Freedom on September 9, 2015!

Kurt Sam Abourched, Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office
Jenifer J. Anisman, Law Offices of Jenifer J. Anisman
Vanessa Ann Baehr-Jones, U.S. Attorney's Office
Elayne Carol Berg-Wilion, Attorney
Warren Jay Binder, Binder & Associates
Tamara L. Binns, Binns Law Group APC
Bernard (Bo) D. Bollinger, Buchalter Nemer
Paul R. Brabeck, Attorney
Hon. Daniel Brenner, Los Angeles Superior Court
Anna L. Brief, Los Angeles County Public Defender
John Ackerland Brockmeier, Brockmeier Law Group
Paul Bruguera, California Department of Justice
Alexander Bustamante, Office of the Inspector General, Los Angeles Police Department
T. Sean Butler, Attorney
MacKenzie Canniff Tiernay, Attorney
Seth C. Carmack, Ofc of the Los Angeles District Attorney
Hon. Lawrence H. Cho, Los Angeles Superior Court
Kenneth P. Corhan, Lewis Operating Corp.
Chara Lynne Crane, Office of the Attorney General
Mani Dabiri, Law Offices of Mani Dabiri
James Richard Dabney, James Dabney
Alexa Daniels-Shpall, LAPD Inspector General
Jan De Andrade, Attorney
Susan Jeanne DeWitt, United States Attorney's Office
Patricia Donahue, United States Attorney's Office
Hon. John Porter Doyle, Los Angeles Superior Court
Mark Elinson, LAUSD
Hon. Elizabeth Rose Feffer, Los Angeles Superior Court
Elisa Fernandez, U.S. Attorney's Office
Hon. Gail Ruderman Feuer, Los Angeles Superior Court
Lee Howard Fineman, Kaufman Kaufman Miller
Lorraine L. Fischer, Los Angeles County Public Defender
Michele B. Friend, Kneafsey & Friend LLP
Hon. Fred J. Fujioka, Los Angeles Superior Court
Jonathan Galatzan, US Attorney's Office
John Albert Girardi, Girardi Keese
Kristen N. Gozawa, Attorney
Donald R. Hammond, Law Office of Donald R. Hammond
Hon. Peter A. Hernandez, Los Angeles Superior Court
John P. Howland, Buxbaum & Chakmak
Max Huntsman, Office of Inspector General
Patricia F. Hutton Williams, Los Angeles County Public Defender
Jeanne Ellen Irving, McKool Smith Hennigan P.C.
Juliet Howland Kane, Buxbaum & Chakmak
Shadi Kardan, Office of Inspector General
H. John Khoukaz, Bezaire Khoukaz & Babaian
Paul R. Kiesel, Kiesel Law LLP (LACBA President)
Elizabeth Dorsey Kleger-Heine, Office of Inspector General
Gabriela Kornzweig, NBCUniversal Law Department
Marvin Lanter, Law Offices of Marvin Lanter
David A. Lash, O'Melveny & Myers LLP
Valerie Suzette Little, AV District Attorney's Office- Juvenile Division
Kenneth A. Loveman, Retired DA /private juvenile attorney
Nathan Nobu Lowenstein, Lowenstein & Weatherwax LLP
Patricia K. Mahoney, Los Angeles County Public Defender
Hon. Elaine W. Mandel, Los Angeles Superior Court
David Marsh, L.A. County Public Defender
Jennifer Mayer, Los Angeles County Public Defender
Adrienne H. McKay, Freeman Freeman Smiley LLP
Hon. Denise M. McLaughlin-Bennett, Los Angeles Superior Court
Gregory Lummar McNair, LAUSD
Angelica Merida, BMG US
Delia Metoyer, Los Angeles County Public Defender's Office
Mona D. Miller, Mona D. Miller, Attorney at Law
John K. Mirau, Mirau Edwards Cannon Lewin & Tooke
Nili Moghaddam, Skadden, Arps
Hon. Anthony J. Mohr, Los Angeles Superior Court
Terry W. Ng, Alternate Public Defender
Richard Niederberg, Los Angeles Designers
Jeanne Nishimoto, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Cathleen E. Norton, Law Offices of Cathleen E. Norton
Michael L. Novicoff, Liner LLP
Kenneth Alfred O'Brien, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
Hon. Beverly Reid O'Connell, U.S. District Court
Emmet O'Hanlon, Los Angeles District Attorney - Juvenile Division
Lowell Harris Orren, Orren & Orren
Cathy Jeanne Ostiller, U.S. Attorney's Office
David Perez, Jones Day
Ezekiel P. Perlo, Los Angeles County Bar Association
Dana H. Plummer, Los Angeles County Public Defender
Flora A. Podratz, Ofc of the Los Angeles District Attorney
Sandhya Ramadas, U.S. Attorney's Office
Robert H. Reeder, Reeder & Associates
Elise Marie Richardson, Law Offices of Elise M. Richardson
Simone Monique Riley, Hahn & Hahn LLP
Craig Alan Roeb, Chapman Glucksman
Kevin S. Rosenberg, Lowenstein & Weatherwax LLP
Lucas Rowe, U.S. Secret Service
Commr. William L. Sadler, LA County Superior Court
Hon. Valerie Salkin, LA Superior Court
Marc Sallus, Oldman Cooley Sallus, et al
Keith Scheuer, Scheuer & Gillett APC
Rasha Gerges Shields, Jones Day
Commr. J. Christopher Smith, Los Angeles Superior Court
Gary Neal Stern, Gordon Edelstein Krepack
Janine Stern, NBCUniversal
Ron Stevens, K&L Gates LLP
Monica Ellen Tait, U.S. Attorney's Office
Hon. Shelly Torrealba, Los Angeles Superior Court
Sissy K. Tran, NBCUniversal
John W. Tulac, Attorney
Ronald T. Vera, Vera & Barbosa
Hon. Rob B. Villeza, Los Angeles Superior Court
Aaron J. Weissman, Novian & Novian, LLP
Allison Lynne Westfahl Kong, U.S. Attorney's Office
Laurence Samuel Wiener, Richards Watson & Gershon
Geoffrey D. Wilson, U.S. Attorney's Office
Jeff Wolf, Heimanson & Wolf LLP
Hon. Mark Young, Los Angeles Superior Court