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Lawyers in the Classroom as well as the Courtroom

Posted By Administration, Friday, March 2, 2018

By Kevin Hammon
2018 SCCBA President


It feels like just yesterday. 


I pulled into the high school parking lot in a silver 1984 Volvo sedan. My eight-inch pony tail intertwined into the top latch of a faded green backpack.  With reckless abandon, I wore track shorts over spandex, beads and peace signs, and Rod Stewart t-shirts.  My radio alternated between Pearl Jam and West Coast Hip Hop.  Homework was a daily ritual complicated by my above-average penchant for procrastination.  But I was young with an entire life in front of me.


High school.  Those were the proverbial “days.” Like many of us, I benefited tremendously from thoughtful teachers and inspiring coaches. I see our bar association’s Law Related Education Committee as a vehicle to pay forward the profound debt we owe to the educators who have made a difference in our lives.  The importance of working with children and youth cannot be overstated.  Author Neil Postman wrote “children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.”  President John F. Kennedy stated that “children are the world’s most valuable resource and its best hope for the future.” 


To that end, I am proud to report that the SCCBA has partnered with the Santa Clara County Office of Education in order to participate in the American Constitutional Society’s (“ACS”) “Constitution in the Classroom” program.  This program brings lawyers into primary and secondary classrooms to raise awareness of fundamental constitutional principles.  By spending as little as one hour teaching in a high school, middle school, or elementary school classroom, you can excite young minds about their constitutional rights and responsibilities.  I strongly encourage you to volunteer with the “Constitution in the Classroom” program.


Thanks to the ACS, volunteering is easy and fun.  The ACS provides a brief attorney orientation and access to materials you may use when you volunteer.  No need to design your own lesson plan or conduct any research.  Using a Google document, you will sign up to teach a particular topic in a specific classroom on a specific date and time.  Several SCCBA members participated in the Fall 2017 Constitution in the Classroom program. The feedback was positive.  I am confident you will find the experience rewarding and enjoyable.


Please use this link, , to sign up for the orientation on March 22, 2018 at 12:15 in the SCCBA offices, 31 North 2nd St. Ste. 400, San Jose, CA 95113.  Participants may attend in person or by phone.  Another orientation is offered in San Francisco on March 21, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.   The details for the San Francisco orientation may be found here:  After you have participated in the orientation, you will receive a link to sign up to teach in a classroom on a time and date between Monday, April 16, 2018 and Friday April 27, 2018.  To learn more about the Constitution in the Classroom program, visit this website:  If you have questions about the program, feel free to email


Thank you for considering this outstanding program.  I hope to see you on March 22, 2018. With any luck, we can fire up the old silver Volvo and teach a class together!  Spandex and Rod Stewart t-shirts are optional.

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