Lee County Bar Association brings the Constitution into the classroom

Every September the Lee County Bar Association (LCBA) celebrates the drafting of one of America’s most important documents by engaging students in the organization’s Speakers in the Schools program. LCBA member attorneys and judges will visit Lee County classrooms from Monday, Sept. 14 through Thursday, Sept. 17 to offer their perspectives on the rights that are guaranteed by the Constitution and help students appreciate why those freedoms matter in their lives. LCBA Constitution Week Event co-chairs James O’Leary and Eviana Martin can’t wait to get to work with our Lee County School Representatives! Volunteer LCBA speakers can reach James O’Leary at jlo@jloesq.com (phone 239-947-8900). Eviana Martin can be reached at eviana.martin@martinlawfirm.com (phone 239-443-1094).

Speakers in the Schools is a popular annual program that takes place during Constitution Week. It coincides with Constitution Day on September 17, which commemorates the document’s 1787 signing. Teachers and administrators are encouraged to contact the LCBA Executive Director at (239) 334-0047 for details. Volunteers will receive support in structuring their presentations.

Speakers in the Schools is one of many opportunities the LCBA provides for students throughout the year, including scholarships through the Uncommon Friends Foundation; Law Shadow Day hosted in association with Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida; student observation of oral arguments with the Second District Court of Appeal; a local high school Mock Trial competition with member attorneys serving as coaches and members of the judiciary serving as judges; and fundraising for community organizations that serve the needs of children and young adults.

Service to young people is a value President Anne Dalton promotes as she leads the LCBA during the year she has dedicated to the theme of Professionalism and Ethics. She said, “Many third-world children now living in Lee County have experienced first-hand how cruel the suppression of their basic freedoms can be in their native countries. All of our Lee County children need to have an appreciation of how unique our governing documents are in insuring such basic freedoms. The Speaker Program brings this home to our students in a unique way.”

About the Lee County Bar Association
The Lee County Bar Association, a 501c6 not-for-profit organization, has served the citizens and legal community of Lee County since 1949 and has a current membership of almost 800. For more information, visit www.leebar.org or contact President Anne Dalton, Esquire at (239) 337-7900 or adalton@daltonlegal.com or Executive Director Sharon Brotherton at (239) 334-0047.