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Legal Community Joins Together To Offer Free Class To Portland High School Students.

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PORTLAND, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 14, 2003

Thirty speakers, fifteen law firms, one church and a bakery have banded together to offer a free morning lecture series in constitutional studies to Portland high school students during their unexpected "days off."

The lecture series will take place each weekday 8 a.m.-noon, March 17-20 and May 14-June 11 - days of school that otherwise would be lost due to the state's budget crisis. The classes are open to all Portland high school students who either have taken or are interested in taking a course on the United States Constitution. It is offered free of charge to students and to the public. Each class will begin at 8 a.m. with fresh baked goods and a lecture and discussion, after which students will go in small groups to the offices of private downtown law firms that have made their library facilities available for study. Homework will be assigned. Credit for the hours of direct instruction may be available.

The lecture speakers include lawyers, judges, authors, and legal educators. The participating law firms are Ater Wynne, Ball Janik, Bullivant Houser, Davis Wright, Dunn Carney, Lane Powell, Lindsay Hart, Markowitz Herbold, Meyer & Wyse, Miller Nash, Perkins Coie, Preston Gates, Schwabe Williamson, Stoel Rives, and Tonkon Torp. The bakery is Great Harvest Bread Company.

Lecture topics include "George Washington and His Times", "Government...for the People", "The Death Penalty", and "Education and the Right to Privacy". A complete list of the series is included with this release.

Portland Public Schools are scheduled to lose 24 days of instruction this spring. Although we cannot begin to compensate for the loss of learning this represents, the members of the community mentioned above will offer a course of instruction on the Constitution to continue the civic education of Portland's high school students. In doing so, the organizers hope to symbolize their belief in children and the importance of public education.

The First Congregational United Church of Christ is located at 1126 S.W. Park Avenue. Students interested in attending should register by contacting Jill Gomery, Curriculum Vice President, Lincoln High School, at 916-5200 or,

 Portland School District
First Congregational United Church of Christ
1126 S.W. Park Avenue
(corner of Park and Madison)

 Portland Citizens

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