S.C. Bar Young Lawyers to teach students about civics

May 17, 2013

COLUMBIA (May 14, 2013) – The S.C. Bar Young Lawyers Division (YLD) is holding its second annual iCivics Day on Monday, May 20, to help teach students about civics and inspire them to be leaders in our democracy.

More than 60 YLD attorney volunteers will travel to 44 schools throughout the state to present to more than 5700 fourth and fifth-grade students on the following topics:

· The importance of democracy,
· Separation of powers and Federalism, and
· Individual rights and the Bill of Rights

Each presentation will include an informational slideshow and interactive game portion to give students the opportunity to test their knowledge. There will also be a time set aside for questions and answers.

iCivics is a national, web-based education project designed to teach students about civics and inspire them to be active participants and leaders in our democracy. Members of the S.C. Bar YLD assist with implementing this program throughout South Carolina by planning and sponsoring conferences to teach educators how to use iCivics in their classrooms.

“At its core, iCivics is about providing kids an interactive and fun way to learn about civics and how our government works. Our hope is that iCivics Day will be a springboard for the teachers and students into the wealth of information and fun that awaits on iCivics.org,” said Allison Sullivan, chair of the YLD iCivics Committee. “I could not be happier with how iCivics has gained traction in South Carolina as we are on the cutting edge of implementation in the United States, none of which would have been possible without the tremendous support of the S.C. Bar, federal judges of the Fourth Circuit and the S.C. Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association. We are excited about the additional opportunities to expand upon the success of iCivics Day in the coming months.”

For more information, visit www.scbar.org/yld or contact Allison Sullivan at (803) 779-7599 or apsullivan@bntdlaw.com.
The YLD includes all members of the S.C. Bar under age 36 and those with less than five years membership.

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.