Since its inception, the MBA has presented Conversations at more than 200 schools across the state. MBA members volunteer as facilitators for programs offered in their local communities.
Below are some examples of past topics:
• Conversations on Law and Liberty in Times of Crisis — Developed by the American Bar Association in response to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, and adapted by the MBA’s Presidential Task Force on the Preservation of Rights, Liberties and Access to Justice, Conversations engaged high school students in discussions on topics related to terrorism and civil liberties.
• Brown v. Board of Education — In May 2004, the MBA demonstrated its support of Law Day and the 50th anniversary of the United States Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas by offering a special series of Conversations programs that examined how policy decisions and individual choices may affect our lives and those of succeeding generations.
• Know Your Rights in the Workplace — The MBA and its Labor and Employment Section Council developed Know Your Rights in the Workplace, a program that sent attorneys to high schools across the commonwealth to educate students on their rights as employees. These presentations incorporated information on anti-discrimination and harassment laws, minimum wage and overtime laws and child labor laws.
MBA members are needed as facilitators of "Conversations" programs in their home communities. Orientation sessions will be held throughout the year to familiarize volunteers with the program's extensive preparatory materials and to offer training on leading a group discussion.
To sign up as a facilitator, please e-mail the Community Service Department or call (617) 338-0695.