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“My Rights, My Nation” Constitutional Rights Symposium

Annual constitutional rights forum for high school students to discuss specific areas of constitutional rights and freedoms in their lives right now – and to think about them in the perspective of their futures.


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Each fall, students join judges, lawyers, and other high school students from the New York area to learn what's behind the law and discuss how the Constitution affects their lives by examining recent Supreme Court cases.


2013 Constitutional Rights Symposium 

Saturday, November 9th


Students will select two discussion sessions from the following topics, which will be led by lawyers & judges:


NYC's "Stop, Question and Frisk" Policy

Governmental Authority to Eavesdrop on Citizens for Reasons of National Security

"Gene Patents" - Access to Livesaving Healthcare vs. Encouraging Invention

The case summaries are available for download at the following link:


11am - Registration Opens
12pm – Welcome/Opening Remarks
12:20pm-1:10pm – Discussion Session 1
1:15pm – Luncheon
2pm-2:50pm – Discussion Session 2
2:50pm-3pm – Certificates

Come and let us know what you think and hear what other students and legal professionals have to say.

Lunch will be provided.  Students will receive a certificate of participation.



Admission is free, but registration is necessary.
The Registration Form is available at the following link:



Past Discussion Topics 

New Technology and the Fourth Amendment
Free Speech: Schools, the Internet & Social Media
Prison Overcrowding: Unsuitable Conditions versus Public Safety
Constitutionality of Protecting Minors from Violent Media
Freedom to Offend & Intimidate
Civil Liberties v. National Security: Providing American Aid to Foreign Organizations Accused of Supporting Terrorism
Treating Youth as Adults in the Criminal Justice System
Separation of Church & State
Drugs, Health & the Constitution
Student Free Speech
Same Sex Marriage
Capital Punishment
Affirmative Action and the Fourteenth Amendment 
Audio/Videotaping Police Operations
Raising the Age of Criminal Responsibility in New York State




This program is held at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. The Association is located on 44th Street between 5th & 6th Avenue.
Map It


  • 1, 2, 3 to 42nd Street/Times Square; N, R, Q, W to 42nd Street/Times Square
  • 7 to 42nd Street/Times Square, Bryant Park (5th Avenue), or Grand Central
  • B, D, F, M to Bryant Park
  • 4, 5, 6 to 42nd Street/Grand Central


  • M42 (42nd Street)
  • M104 (42nd Street)
  • M2, 3 (5th Avenue)
  • M4 (5th Avenue)
  • M5 (6th Avenue)
  • M6 (6th Avenue)
  • M7 (6th Avenue)


For more information, please contact

Clare Plunkett
Administrator, Diversity Pipeline Initiatives
P: (212) 382-6772