On February 5 at 6:30 p.m. Constitutional Conversations will celebrate its five-year anniversary with a panel discussion at the Williamsburg Regional Library. Constitutional Conversations is an award-winning, non-partisan community-based constitutional literacy program designed to send law students into the community to educate citizens about their constitutional rights and responsibilities. The program is co-sponsored by the Institute of Bill of Rights Law at William & Mary Law School, the Williamsburg Regional Library, and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Panelists include the Hon. Clyde Haulman, mayor of Williamsburg, Va., Julie Silverbrook, J.D. '12, executive director of The Constitutional Sources Project in Washington, D.C., and founder of Constitutional Conversations, and Frances Burroughs, director of Educational Program Development, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.
To celebrate the success of the program and to emphasize the importance of instruction in the history and development of our constitutional system of government and rights, the panel discussion will explore why it is of fundamental importance for organizations, like Constitutional Conversations, to promote an understanding of how a constitutional government operates; to foster a reasoned commitment to the fundamental values and principles enshrined in our nation's founding documents, including the Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, and Bill of Rights; and to promote informed and responsible participation in civic life, emphasizing the impact citizens can have on policy-making at all levels of government.
The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call (703)919-1619.
Thomas Jefferson founded William & Mary Law School in 1779 to train leaders for the new nation. Now in its third century, America's oldest law school continues its historic mission of educating citizen lawyers who are prepared both to lead and to serve.