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T or C Students to ‘Dialogue’ on Reforms, Music, and Pirates


Albuquerque, N.M.—How might we reform American government to meet the needs of the 21st century? How is copyright and intellectual property laws affecting each of us every day and how is technology forcing the laws to change? Once thought to be only actors from times past or places imagined, what are pirates doing in the real world of the 21st century?


These questions and more will be discussed in classrooms throughout New Mexico as lawyers, judges, and teachers lead students in the American Bar Association’s 2010 Dialogue program. The annual event is part of the activities surrounding the celebration of Law Day, which is observed May 1 with various events taking place around that date, including legal helpline call-ins, the State Bar Essay Contest, the Public Lawyer of the Year Award presentation, and the Albuquerque Bar Association’s Law Day Luncheon in Albuquerque. In addition, various bar association in cities and counties around the state hold special celebratory functions.

The topic of the 2010 Dialogue is Law in the 21st Century: Enduring Traditions, Emerging Challenges. It explores three topics: reforming American government in the 21st century, music distribution and copyright, and pirates and the law. According to the ABA website, these topics were chosen because “they are challenging, provocative and interesting issues that will generate lively and vigorous discussion.” A resource guide for leading the discussion is available on the ABA website,


The Honorable Tom Pestak will address the senior government class at 7:55 and again at 9:40 a.m. on May 7 at Hot Springs High School in Truth or Consequences.

The Dialogue on Law in the 21st Century is the eighth annual edition of the ABA Dialogue Program. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy introduced the first Dialogue program in 2002. Subsequent Dialogues have addressed Brown v. Board of Education, the American jury, separation of powers, youth and justice, the rule of law, and Lincoln and the law.


The State Bar of New Mexico was organized in 1886 and is composed of more than 8500 members. Its purposes are to aid the courts in administering justice and preserving the rule of law, and to foster a high standard of integrity and competence within the legal profession.