Jim Nasella and Paul Landau
Sunday, 10 a.m.
Constitution Day is a Holiday celebrating the signing of the Constitution celebrated on September 17. Every year the ACLU trains volunteer representatives to go into schools for one school period to present the Constitution. This program has been well received and an overall positive experience for all who participate, students, teachers, and volunteers. The training is not long and sometimes can be done on the internet.
This Panel will discuss how to have Constitution Day in your local schools. The speakers have participated in the Constitution Day program and are very familiar with getting the permission of the School Superintendent, the Principals of the Schools and the teachers whose class rooms will be visited. The ACLU is always looking for volunteers to support this program. The demand for Constitution Day representatives is always greater than the number of volunteers we have. Come to this panel to get a sense of what Constitution Day looks like.
Jim Nasella attended Law School at an advanced age and was struck by the genius of the writers of the US Constitution when he took a Constitutional Law class. An avid part-time historian, he believes that the document has strongly influenced the success of our Country and its future. As a former teacher he enjoys bringing this knowledge to Constitution Day students and has been surprised at the enthusiasm they show when they discover how the Constitution is there for their protection.
Paul Landau practiced law for over twenty years before becoming a high school history teacher at North Hollywood High School.from 2004 to 2017. Paul taught AP US History and AP American Government and took great pleasure in teaching his students how and why the Constitution was adopted and how constitutional law has evolved over the past 200 plus years. The best part is “showing students how constitutional law such as civil rights, civil liberties or immigration law is incredibly relevant to their lives today.” Every year, for several months, Paul also trained and took groups of students to Duke University for Duke Moot Court, the only Constitutional law advocacy competition in the country. To date, ten of Mr Landau’s students have graduated from Law School.