For Immediate Release:  Oct 6, 2010
2010, 10, 06

Eric Lane to Deliver ABA Work-A-Day Lecture on the Crisis of Civic Ignorance

Eric Lane to Deliver ABA Work-A-Day Lecture on the Crisis of Civic Ignorance

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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — Hofstra Law Professor Eric Lane will speak on the crisis of civic ignorance among American youth on Monday, October 18, at 5:30 p.m. at the Nassau County Bar Association, 15th and West Streets, Mineola, N.Y. 

The lecture is a part of the American Bar Association Law Student Division's Work-A-Day Program, an annual event that brings together law students from across the country to participate in a one-day public service project in their communities. The 2010 Work-A-Day theme is civic education, and the overall program is titled "Law's Cool: Creating Change with Civic Education." This year's theme focuses on the lack of knowledge today's children and adults have regarding the basics of government, as well as the lack of involvement in voting.

Lane is the Eric J. Schmertz Distinguished Professor of Public Law and Public Service at Hofstra University School of Law. He is the coauthor, with Michael Oreskes, of The Genius of America: How the Constitution Saved the Country and Why It Can Again and, with the Honorable Abner J. Mikva, of two law school textbooks, The Legislative Process and An Introduction to Statutory Interpretation and Legislative Process. He is also the author of a number of articles on governmental decision-making.

This year's ABA Work-A-Day program is administered by Elisa Rosenthal, a third-year Hofstra Law student and lieutenant governor of the student division of the ABA. Lane's speech is co-sponsored by the Nassau County Bar Association.

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