For many years, the Massachusetts Bar Association 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, the Massachusetts Bar Association is proud to partner with the American Bar Association to promote civics education in the classroom for Law Day 2019.
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.”
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