James Otis Lecture Series

The ABOTA Foundation is proud to present the James Otis Lecture Series. Our lecture program about the United States Constitution is 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.

Grade Levels: 8th-12th

Past JOL Themes:

  • The Evolution of Women's Rights
  • Privacy Rights in the Digital Age
  • Constitutional Issues in Schools
  • Religion and the Law
  • The Magna Carta
  • The Japanese Internment 

For ABOTA Chapters

If your chapter is interested in hosting a James Otis Lecture event, contact Tamara Sivachelvan at (800) 932-2682 or TamaraS@abota.org to:

  1. Set up an informational call
  2. Obtain a copy of the James Otis Lecture Toolkit
  3. Find out how National Office will support your chapter
  4. Ask questions about the program


2017 James Otis Lectures:

April 21 - Spokane, WA
April 28 - Olympia, WA

September 15 - Columbia, SC Register!
September 15 - Miami, FL 
September 15 - Tampa, FL Register!
September 19 - Austin, TX
September 22 - Buffalo, NY
September 26 - Boston, MA Register!
October 13 - San Francisco, CA Register!
October 20 - Denver, CO

More programs coming soon!

2016 JOL Programs:

San Francisco, CA
Denver, CO
Miami, FL
Palm Beach, FL
Tampa, FL
Boston, MA
Buffalo, NY
Columbia, SC
Austin, TX
Spokane, WA
Olympia, WA 

For More Information:

Tamara Sivachelvan
(800) 932-2682