S.C. Bar Law for Teachers program receives national recognition

June 21, 2012

COLUMBIA (June 21, 2012)—The National Association of Bar Executives (NABE) Board of Directors has selected the South Carolina Bar's Law for Teachers program as a recipient of the 2012 NABE/LexisNexis Community & Educational Outreach Award.

The award will be presented at the Thursday, August 2, during the NABE Annual Meeting in Chicago.

Law for Teachers is a free program hosted by the Bar’s Law Related Education Division that is designed to give teachers an informative and practical guide to the legal issues they face every day in the classroom.

Understanding the law as it applies to the teaching profession is critical for teachers of all disciplines and grade levels. This program gives them the answers they need to ensure they are acting lawfully in their classrooms. Speakers for the program include attorneys from S.C. Dept. of Education, attorneys for school districts and contract attorneys hired by school districts.

Topics covered include the following:
·         General Education Laws
·         Tort Liability
·         Special Education
·         First Amendment Issues
·         Harassment
·         Bullying / Cyberbullying
·         Student Discipline
·         Teacher Contracts / Due Process Rights
·         Copyrights
·         Title IX

The program launched in 2006 as a two-day training and then expanded to three days. In 2011, the Law Related Education Division produced webinars for each topic covered by the Law for Teachers program in place of the in-person trainings. This format allows the Division to serve a greater number of teachers, as the programs can be accessed in accordance with their schedules with no attendance restrictions.

The S.C. Bar LRE Division, which was developed to improve the ability of teachers to instruct law related education, has been part of the Bar since 1976.

The South Carolina Bar, which has a membership of more than 14,000 lawyers, is dedicated to advancing justice, professionalism and understanding of the law.