CAL-ABOTA Civics Education

The American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) is a national, invitation-only organization consisting of more than 7,500 trial lawyers from across the country. ABOTA's primary mission is to preserve the right to a civil jury trial as guaranteed by the Seventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. CAL-ABOTA is the regional state chapter of ABOTA, comprised of eight chapters.

We believe that teachers are the primary guardians of democracy. Through their knowledge and skills, they teach the next generation about the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. 


 

Join us for a dynamic learning experience in civics education!
The Teachers Law School will provide an in-depth look at key civics topics addressed in the California History-Social Science Framework. Participants will walk away with a more thorough understanding of and renewed passion for civics and law-related education, along with ABOTA’s classroom resources and presentation materials to help middle and high school teachers facilitate instruction.

2017 California Teachers Law School
Presented by CAL-ABOTA in partnership with the Sacramento Chapter of ABOTA

The Justice Anthony M. Kennedy Library and Learning Center
501 I Street, 1st Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814


AGENDA:

Master of Ceremonies: William B. Smith, President-Elect of CAL-ABOTA

Sunday, September 17, 2017

5:30pm – 6:30pm          Welcome Reception 

Monday, September 18, 2017

9:00am – 9:30am          Breakfast and Check-in

9:30am – 9:40am          Welcome Remarks

William B. Smith, President-Elect of CAL-ABOTA

9:40am – 10:45am        Mendez v. Westminster: Before Brown v. Board

Michael P. Maguire, Vice President of the American Board of Trial Advocates
Douuglas P. Adams, Sacramento Chapter of ABOTA

10:45am – 10:55am      Break

10:55am – 11:55am      Separation of Powers
                                  

Judge Morrison C. England, Jr., United States District Court
Bryan R. Reid, Vice President of CAL-ABOTA

12:00pm – 12:45pm      Lunch

12:45pm – 1:30 pm       Q&A with Hon. Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of California

Facilitator: N. Denise Taylor, President of CAL-ABOTA

1:30pm – 2:30pm          Civility Matters in Law and Society

Justice Arthur G. Scotland (Ret.), Third District Court of Appeal
United States Magistrate Judge Deborah L. Barnes, Eastern District of California

2:30pm – 2:40pm          Break

2:40pm – 3:40pm          The Power of Media & Our Judicial System

John T. Nockleby, Professor of Law, Loyola Law School            

3:40pm - 4:00pm          Wrap-up & Closing Remarks

William B. Smith, President-Elect of CAL-ABOTA


Resources

Recognizing the integral role that teachers play in the defense of liberty, the ABOTA Foundation has created resources and opportunities for teachers and students to grow in their knowledge of the Constitution, the judicial system and civic engagement.

Visit www.ABOTACivics.org for a complete list of classroom resources

Check out the Civics Video Gallery for presentations on key civics and law-related topics!


Programs

ABOTA's Teachers Law School program is designed for middle and high school educators with an interest in prioritizing civics and law-related education in the classroom. The TLS sessions provide teachers with valuable civics and law-related education content to help students better understand and appreciate the value, relevance and impact of the Constitution, our system of government and citizenship. 

Through ABOTA’s Teachers Law School, some of the best and brightest members of the bench and bar, who live and work with the law every day, share practical realities of the civil and criminal law procedures and systems.

For a complete list of programs, visit www.TeachersLawSchool.org

The James Otis Lecture Series is a program about the United States Constitution, designed to allow schools to comply with the requirements of the federal statute creating Constitution Day. This law requires all federally-assisted schools, both public and private, to provide educational programs each year around the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution.

America has a long and proud history shaped by lawyers and judges who have made lasting contributions to the rule of law, to the process of self government, and to the preservation of our precious individual liberties guaranteed by the Constitution. Over the years, many Americans have sacrificed their lives or suffered great personal loss to advance the cause of liberty. As part of our program, we acknowledge the great debt we owe to our Founding Fathers and to these patriots.

This program is designed as a field trip and enrichment experience for students. 

For a complete list of programs, visit www.JamesOtisLecture.org.

 

 

For more information, contact:

Tamara S. Franco
ABOTA Foundation
TamaraF@abota.org
(214) 239-0226

Special thanks to SkoolLive for their support of the 2017 Teachers Law School in Sacramento, CA.

 


Get to know CAL-ABOTA

Board of Directors

Connect with an ABOTA member in your local chapter to schedule a guest speaker or find out more about ABOTA resources.
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  • California Coast
    Gordon E. Bosserman
    Andrew, Morris & Buttery
    gbosserman@amblaw.com
    (805) 543-4171
     
  • Los Angeles
    John K. Courtney
    Girardi & Keese
    jcourtney@girardikeese.com
    (213) 977-0211
     
  • Orange County
    Michael P. Maguire
    Michael P. Maguire & Associates
    mike.maguire.gq57@statefarm.com
    (714) 435-7500
     
  • Sacramento Valley
    Douglas P. Adams
    Adams & Corzine
    dadams@aclawyers.com
    (916) 983-3900
     
  • San Diego
    Stephen C. Grebing
    Wingert Grebing Brubaker & Juskie LLP
    sgrebing@wingertlaw.com
    (619) 232-8151
     
  • San Bernardino/Riverside
    Bryan R. Reid
    Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP
    breid@lbbslaw.com
    (909) 387-1130
     
  • San Francisco
    Richard Bennett
    Bennett & Johnson
    richard@bennettjohnsonlaw.com
    (510) 444-5020
     
  • San Joaquin Valley
    Andrew R. Weiss
    Weiss, Martin, Salinas & Hearst
    aweiss@weissmartin.com
    (559) 438-2080