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YOUNG LAWYERS TO LEAD RACIAL TOLERANCE WORKSHOPS FOR STUDENTS

 YOUNG LAWYERS TO LEAD RACIAL TOLERANCE WORKSHOPS FOR STUDENTS
 Trying to stem the tide of increasing racial tensions among many city youth, the Philadelphia Bar Association's Young Lawyers Section will conduct small group workshops on cultural awareness for 60 high school students this Friday, July 24, from 8:45 a.m. to noon at the University of Pennsylvania's Williams Building, 36th and Spruce streets, Philadelphia.
 The Young Lawyers' Cultural Awareness Program is designed to increase students sensitivity to the importance of cultural diversity.
 "In light of the compelling evidence that prejudice and bias are learned at an early age, we have begun an effort to help combat intolerance in the schools," Young Lawyers Section Chair Mary Ellen Nepps said. "Frankly, we feel a particular need to undertake a program like this right now. We want to help students prevent problems before they develop and learn how to deal with problems if they do arise. We're delighted to be able to help the School District with this program."
 At the July 24 workshops, and at similar workshops to be held on July 31, groups of 20 students will each meet with three lawyer- facilitators. Students will view the film, "Names Can Rally Hurt Us," in which teenagers discuss how to deal with prejudice and hatred. The students then will discuss past or anticipated problems related to prejudice in their school community, and solutions to those problems. The program stresses frank discussion and interaction among students and between students and lawyer-facilitators.
 Students who will be attending the workshops are participating in a voluntary six-week orientation to assist them in making the transition from their area middle schools to high schools that they will be attending in other neighborhoods as part of the city's desegregation plan. Lawyers serving as facilitators attended a four-hour training session presented by the Anti-Defamation League of B'Nai B'Rith.
 CONTACT: Bill Tyson of the Philadelphia Bar Association, 215-238-6345.
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