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The James Otis Lecture
To help S.C. schools meet the Constitution Day requirements, the S.C. Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) hosts the Annual James Otis Lecture series at the S.C. State House in observance of National Constitution Day. By federal law, all schools that receive federal assistance are required to have a program about the Constitution on or around the anniversary date of the signing of the Constitution on September 17, 1787. James Otis was a prominent Boston lawyer in the colonial era credited by John Adams as igniting the spark that led to the Declaration of Independence and the American Revolution. ABOTA nationally developed the James Otis Lecture Series to help schools to comply.
This year, Constitution Day focused on privacy and first amendment rights in the age of social media, examining doctrines from the past applied in the context of today's ever-changing technology and its implications for individual rights as well as freedom of speech. Furman University President Rodney Smolla presented an interactive keynote speech.