Our Mission

Learn Your Rights in the Community (LYRIC) is an organization composed of passionate attorney and law student volunteers donating their time to empower young people to exercise their constitutional rights. Our curriculum brings constitutional law to life for young people in schools, juvenile justice facilities, and community settings. LYRIC encourages young people to become active and knowledgeable citizens who feel comfortable exercising their rights.

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Our Story

LYRIC was founded in 2009 by Colorado State Public Defenders Hannah Seigel Proff and Michael Juba, who were frustrated that so many of their young clients didn't understand their constitutional rights during interactions with the police. LYRIC was born from this need to educate young people before they have any contact with the juvenile or criminal justice systems. With the help of our donors and partners, LYRIC has grown into an organization with many active volunteers who produce educational videos and teach in person across the state of Colorado. Now, we are launching a nationwide program in the hopes of bringing the law to life in classrooms across the country. Through this effort we hope to empower young people all over the United States to learn about and exercise their rights.

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Would you like to help LYRIC make a difference? Your support is greatly appreciated, whether you volunteer your time or contribute through charitable donation. Thank you for helping us reach more young people!

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Upcoming Events

LYRIC’s Brewing Up Justice (Annual)

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, LYRIC's 2020 Brewing Up Justice event has been indefinitely postponed. If you would still like to contribute, please consider making a donation or volunteering.

LYRIC’s Brewing Up Justice event is our annual fundraiser that brings together good friends, great drinks, and an inspiring cause. To take part, either purchase a ticket for each attendee or purcahse a sponsorship package (All sponsorship packages include a varying number of tickets depending on the contribution level; more information at the links below.). In recent years, Brewing Up Justice has been held at Our Mutual Friend Brewery, located at 2810 Larimer St., Denver, CO.

Please note: due to the COVID-19 pandemic, LYRIC’s 2020 Brewing Up Justice Event has been indefinitely postponed. If you would still like to contribute, please consider making a donation or volunteering.

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LYRIC’s 7th Annual Volunteer Training CLE

September 25, 2020, 2:30-4:30 PM

Learn the Intricacies of the 4th, 5th, and 6th Amendments, earn 3 CLE credits and make a difference in a young person's life by becoming a LYRIC volunteer. Be sure to join us after the CLE for our first ever online fundraising event!

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Volunteer

Each of our volunteers must be LYRIC-trained and either a licensed attorney or a law student. Please click the link below and fill out a registration form. We will notify you when our next volunteer training CLE will be offered. Thank you for your interest!

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LYRIC relies on the generosity of our donors so that we can provide amazing educational resources to our classrooms and communities. Thank you for your support!

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Show your LYRIC pride with our selection of custom goodies. Every purchase goes directly to supporting our innovative educational programs.

Videos

We All Have Rights

Everyone within the United States has rights under the Constitution, regardless of their immigration status. LYRIC is dedicated to teaching about those rights most important in police encounters, which come from the 4th, 5th, and 6th Amendments.

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What is the Constitution?

You might have heard of the Constitution on TV, in the news, or in history class. But what is it exactly? First, the history: it all started back in 1788 when a group of representatives from each of the American colonies came together to form a new, united government. These representatives are often referred to as the “founding fathers” - and they met to write the Constitution, which is, by the way, 4,543 words long, but who’s counting?

What is the Difference between the Constitution and the Bill of Rights?

The Constitution set up rules and regulations for the U.S. government, but it didn’t really talk about what the government can do to you or for you. So, two years after the Constitution was written, the founding fathers agreed to add 10 new “amendments.” An amendment means an addition. They didn’t want to change the Constitution, so instead, they added new sections.

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