Thursday, March 10, 2011

NBA Youth Empowerment Symposium and an ABA Civics & Law Academy

The National Bar Association (“NBA”) is inviting all high school students to attend its Youth Empowerment Symposium on Saturday, April 9, 2011 from 11:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The NBA will convene its 31st Annual Mid-Year Conference and Gertrude E. Rush Awards Dinner from April 7-10, 2011 in the San Francisco Bay Area at the Claremont Hotel Club & Spa in Berkeley, California.  During that conference, the NBA, in conjunction with the American Bar Association (“ABA”), will hold a Youth Empowerment Symposium and an ABA Civics & Law Academy.  There is no cost to attend and lunch will be provided.  Transportation is also available but space is limited.
The symposium will provide an analysis of the NBA’s publication “How the Law Treats You Differently When You Turn 18.”   The publication is the first installment of the NBA’s “Lifting as We Climb” series and is designed to inform young people about their rights and responsibilities once they reach the age of 18. The publication, which will be distributed at the symposium, provides a brief summary on topics such as civic responsibilities (i.e. voting, jury duty), contracts (i.e. credit, purchasing automobiles, renting apartments, etc.), and criminal responsibility.  The American Bar Association’s Civics and Law Academy will build upon lessons from the NBA’s publication and focus on current legal issues by engaging the students in mini and mock trials to assist them in defining justice. 
The symposium will provide a “one-of-a-kind” and unique networking opportunity for your students to interact with attorneys, judges and politicians.  
The NBA is a non-profit organization founded in 1925 and is the nation’s oldest and largest national association of predominately African American lawyers and judges. The NBA has over 80 affiliate chapters throughout the United States and affiliations in Canada, the United Kingdom, Africa and the Caribbean. It represents a professional network of over 40,000 lawyers, judges, educators and law students.
To RSVP or for more information regarding transportation to the event, please contact Altheria Merricks at amerricks@eapdlaw.com no later than Monday, April 4, 2011.
Pick-up locations: – Berkeley City Hall, Oakland City Hall and San Francisco City Hall.
 “Lifting as We Climb--Ensuring Justice & Equality”

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