Dialogue Series

Dialogue on the Courts

The 2012 Law Day Dialogue on No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom is designed for use by lawyers, judges and other leaders in classrooms and with youth and community groups. In this Dialogue, special focus is given to the role courts play in assuring access to justice and a balanced system of government. The three topics selected, the separation of powers and judicial independence, vigilante justice, and language barriers, represent this theme and are designed to inform and engage Dialogue participants in vigorous and challenging discussions.

The complete 2012 Law Day Dialogue will be available here by January 10, 2012.


ABA Dialogue Program

The ABA Dialogue program provides lawyers, judges and teachers with the resources they need to engage students and community members in discussion of fundamental American legal principles and civic traditions.

The Dialogue on John Adams and His Legacy is the ninth annual edition of the ABA Dialogue Program. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy introduced the first Dialogue program, the Dialogue on Freedom, at the 2002 ABA Midyear Meeting in Philadelphia.


Past Dialogues


Dialogue on John Adams and His Legacy
Resource Guide for the Dialogue on John Adams and His Legacy. A practical educational resource for lawyers, judges, and other Dialogue leaders for use in the classroom and with youth and community groups. Offers step-by-step directions and discussion questions. Three parts: John Adams and the Boston Massacre Trials; the Scottsboro Boys case from the 1930s; and Clarence Gideon and Gideon v. Wainwright (1963).

Presentations to accompany the Dialogue on John Adams:

Part I: John Adams and the Boston Massacre Trials

Part II: Scottsboro: The Right to Counsel

Part III: "If You Cannot Afford an Attorney …"


Dialogue on Law in the 21st Century
The Dialogue on Law in the 21st Century explores three topics: reforming American government in the 21st century, music distribution and copyright, and pirates and the law. Although there are many topics and issues we could consider that relate to this theme, we have chosen these because we think they are challenging, provocative and interesting issues that will generate lively and vigorous discussion.

Dialogue on Lincoln – A Legacy of Liberty
The Dialogue on Lincoln offers three perspectives for discussion: Lincoln's life, including his career as a lawyer; his decisions as a wartime president; and the portrayal of his image in the media. Download the Dialogue or purchase online.

Dialogue on the Rule of Law
What is the rule of law? How has the rule of law changed over time? How do books and movies represent the rule of law? Explore these questions and more in the Dialogue on the Rule of Law, the sixth installment in the ABA's Dialogue Program. Download the Dialogue or purchase online.

Dialogue on Youth and Justice
The Dialogue on Youth and Justice takes up these questions and more in a three-part discussion format. Download the Dialogue or purchase online.

Dialogue on the American Jury
Trial by jury is a vital part of American democracy. Besides voting, nothing is so active and participatory in nature. The Dialogue on the American Jury is designed to help high school classrooms and community groups explore the many issues related to trial by jury. We encourage lawyers and judges across the country to organize Dialogues in their community. Download the Dialogue ( Part I, Part II, Part III) or purchase online.

Dialogue on Brown v. Board of Education
May 17, 2004, is the fiftieth anniversary of the United States Supreme Court's landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas. The decision brought an end to the legal doctrine of "separate but equal," enshrined by the same court nearly sixty years earlier in Plessy v. Ferguson. Download the Dialogue.

Dialogue on Freedom
This program is designed to provide lawyers and judges with topics, resources and tips to engage high school students in a " Dialogue on Freedom." Dialogue on Freedom
You can purchase a print copy for $0.99 (save with bulk rates) by calling 1-800-285-2221 or visit the ABA Web Store.

Sample Dialogue Video

Sample Dialogue on Youth and Justice featuring students from Washington, DC's Duke Ellington School for the Arts.

Sample Dialogue on the American Jury featuring students from New York City's LaGuardia High School.


Dialogue on Law in the 21st Century


Presentations to accompany the Dialogue
on Law in the 21st Century

Reforming American Government for the 21st Century

Music Distribution and Copyright in the 21st Century

Pirates and the Law in the 21st Century

 

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