CHS Seniors To Get Lesson On Fourth Amendment Search And Seizure Rights
February 23, 2005 --
Charlottesville High School’s senior class will get a lesson on Fourth Amendment rights at a workshop put on by the National Lawyers Guild chapter at the University of Virginia School of Law on Thursday, Feb. 24. The workshop, known as StreetLaw, is a community education project to teach citizens about search and seizure law and how to protect their Constitutional rights in citizen-police encounters.
The program will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Caplin Auditorium. “The idea for the workshop stemmed from our group’s interest in branching out into the Charlottesville community,” said Ryan Almstead, the group’s president. “We saw how many people were consenting to DNA swabs and other non-mandatory police searches right here in Charlottesville searches they had a right to be free from — and we thought citizens needed to know that they didn’t have to do these things if they didn’t want to. We want people to realize that in many situations the Constitution affords them the right to say, ‘No’ to police officers.”
The workshop will feature presentations describing how citizens can determine the type of police encounter they are involved in, how to extricate themselves from unwanted interactions and what information they need to collect about the encounter in order to preserve their rights should the event land them in court. The workshop also will feature a presentation by U.Va. law student Jon Chananie, who is a part-time police officer in Madison County and will give the students firsthand insight into the mind of a police officer. The American Civil Liberties Union donated “Know Your Rights” cards to be distributed among the CHS students.
The StreetLaw workshop will be presented by law students Ryan Almstead, Heather Eastwood, Pat Lavelle, Jamie Lisagor and Tiffany Marshall, with the help of professors Anne Coughlin and Stephen Smith, both specialists in criminal law. For more information, contact Ryan Almstead at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact: Matt Kelly, (434) 924-7291