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Participate in the 2019 Law Day Education Program

LawDayThe Massachusetts Bar Association is inviting high school classes to participate in the MBA’s 2019 Law Day Education Program. 

For many years, the MBA has worked closely with high schools and students across the commonwealth on various civic and educational initiatives, including the Statewide High School Mock Trial Tournament, and the Judicial Youth Corps and Tiered Community Mentoring programs. This May, in celebration of Law Day, the MBA is coordinating a program that sends volunteer attorneys and judges to high school history and/or political science classes to engage students on a specific legal topic. This year’s theme, developed by the American Bar Association, is “Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society.” 

In the United States and around the world, freedom of speech and the press is among the most important foundations for a free society. Free speech and free press are prominent topics in public discourse and litigation. It is impossible to imagine a free society without these individual liberties, yet historical and current debates surrounding them continually challenge us to consider their boundaries and resilience. Changes in technology have reshaped how free speech and free press work in the everyday world.

The 2019 Law Day theme -- Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society -- focuses on these cornerstones of representative government and calls on us to understand and protect these rights to ensure, as the U.S. Constitution proposes, “the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity.” Students will be given the opportunity to explore the following types of questions: Should all speech be "free?" What is the role of government in the regulating or protecting of the press? Should all speech or the press be constrained through laws or norms? Can a free society exist without free speech and free press?

The 2019 Law Day Education Program will be held from May 1 – 31. Interested in having one or more of your classes participate? Please complete this form by Friday, Feb. 15. Make sure to indicate the number of classes, number of students, and preferred dates and times you would like the presentation(s) to occur. When you are matched with an attorney or judge, you will be put in contact with them directly and will be responsible for finalizing all details -- including date and time -- during the month of May.

If you are an educator and you have questions about the Law Day Education Program, email us or call (617) 338-0695.