S.C. Bar young lawyers to teach students about civics

May 08, 2012

COLUMBIA (May 8, 2012) – The S.C. Bar Young Lawyers Division (YLD) is holding the first-ever iCivics Day on Monday, May 14, to help teach students about civics and inspire them to be leaders in our democracy.
 
More than 35 YLD attorney volunteers will travel to 19 schools throughout Richland and Lexington counties to present to more than 2,100 fourth and fifth-grade students on the following topics:
 
·     The importance of democracy, 
·     Separation of powers,
·     Individual rights, and
·     State and local government.

Each presentation will include a PowerPoint and an 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.
 
“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. “It presents an opportunity for these students to interact directly with members of the S.C. Bar, and we are excited about the additional opportunities in the coming months, including expanding on the success of this first iCivics Day and continuing with a Constitution Day effort later this year.”

On the South Carolina level, the project is co-sponsored by the federal judges of the Fourth Circuit, S.C. Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association and other organizations. 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.
 

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