Our legal system is not infallible. The law has protected the institution of slavery. It has inhibited equal rights. It has perpetuated ignorance, intolerance, and wrongful imprisonment. Justice, despite the popular cliché, is far from blind.
But the law has also been a powerful ally to the forces of liberty and equality. It cast off the shackles of the slave. It helped pave the way for equal rights. It has protected vulnerable citizens from ignorance, intolerance, and wrongful imprisonment. Most importantly, it keeps us safe from physical harm.
This series offers a practical and accessible primer to the basics (and many contradictions) of US constitutional law.
The word privacy doesn’t appear once in the text of the U.S. Constitution. Nevertheless, lawmakers and the Supreme Court have repeatedly insisted that Americans have a constitutional right to privacy because of the spirit behind certain constitutional amendments. It’s a slippery business. Exactly how privacy came to be recognized as a constitutional right is a complicated story that touches on the civil rights movement, the war on crime, the women’s movement, and the crusade against communism.
Privacy is not dead in the United States, but it does seem to be circling the drain. This talk will familiarize participants with the basics of their constitutional right to privacy and examine the key legal cases that eventually led to privacy’s recognition as a constitutional right in the twentieth century.
*People are invited to attend individual sessions even if they have not been a part of the previous class.
Orrick’s pro bono law practice makes a positive impact on the New York community. For more than a decade, they have partnered with the Storefront Academy, an independent, private, tuition-free school in New York’s Harlem community that educates preschool through eighth-grade children. Through pro bono litigation, they've protected the rights of low-income parents, tenants, immigrants, consumers and have played a role in reforming the state’s juvenile detention facilities. Orrick also partnered with the Urban Justice Center and the New York County Lawyers’ Association on an innovative program that provides support to veterans seeking discharge upgrades to gain access to essential benefits and services. Their team is also proud to serve as outside general counsel to the Innocence Project. Finally, Orrick has devoted significant resources to its innovative impact finance and social enterprise practice that brings basic services and community economic development to those most disadvantaged.