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Dialogues on Freedom 2017

This year the Office turned out in force to supported the LA County Bar Association’s Dialogues on Freedom program. Dialogues on Freedom engages high school students in lively debates on freedom, civil liberties and the American system of government in commemoration of Law Day in our country. United States Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy founded Dialogues on Freedom in response to the September 11 terrorist attacks.

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The program partners judges with lawyers to facilitate discussions in High Schools throughout Los Angeles regarding broad topics relating to constitutional rights and privacy/civil rights issues. There are no right or wrong answers, the goal is to get students thinking about these important issues and engaging in critical analysis. The facilitators use situation-based scenarios that are relevant to the students’ daily lives at home and school to challenge them to examine and discuss their perspectives on the balance of personal freedom versus security from crime. They explore American civil values and traditions, and help students understand how the values and concepts of freedom, law, and justice make each of them individually "American." This year, over a dozen AUSAs participated in schools around the district including Jennifer Chou, Cathy Ostiller, Elisa Fernandez, Monica Tait, Veronica Alegria, Amanda Bettinelli, Jonathan Galatzan, Geoff Wilson, Karen Ruckert, Catherine Ahn, Susan DeWitt and Tim Laske.

Updated January 19, 2021

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