Welcome to the fall 2013 edition of LRE News!
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Welcome to the 18th edition of LRE News in its newest format! We hope this newsletter has become a useful tool for you. It was created to provide information on LRE news, programs and events for those involved with LRE programs. Suggestions and feedback are always welcome.

national news

Celebrate Constitution Day 2013 on September 17th
  • Did you know that the U.S. Department of Education declared that any education institution receiving federal funds must offer lessons on the U.S. Constitution every year for Constitution Day? 
  • Do you have plans for Constitution Day this year?
  • Looking for fun curriculum, lesson plans and games to use in the classroom?

Events or programming can be designed as educators see fit to best emphasize this momentous event with their students. Need a free Constitution Day Pocket Book or a Constitution Day tool kit? Look no further: www.constitutionday.cc

Through participation in Constitution Day, students will increase their basic skills of listening, speaking, writing, reading, problem analysis, and many more attributes to include citizenship and awareness of their Constitution applicable to their daily lives. Read the Federal Register establishing Constitution Day at www.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/other/2005-2/052405b.html.

Other Constitution Day Resources:

state news
Mock Trial Meets Social Media – Again!
SC Bar Law Related Education is thrilled to announce our new social media presence with Edmodo! The Law Related Education Division is proud to announce our new digital home on Edmodo.com  Many of you have asked for a social media presence on Edmodo in addition to our other efforts and we listened! You can find the SC Bar LRE Division at the following address: http://www.edmodo.com/home#/publisher/SCBarLRE. All materials are made available through our Facebook, Google+, and Twitter accounts will also be made available on Edmodo. As a bonus, we will have added content for many of the different Law Related Education programs! If you do not already have an Edmodo account, it is free to sign up for at www.edmodo.com and is approved by most school districts in South Carolina.

If you have any questions about Edmodo, or any of the other social media outlets from LRE, please feel free to email Donald Lanier at dlanier@scbar.org or call 803-252-5139.

Mock Trial Skills Workshop
The third Mock Trial Skills Workshop will be held Saturday, September 21, 2013. A Mock Trial Skills Workshop will be held in Columbia on September 21, 2013, for students, teacher coaches and attorney coaches.  This year’s workshop includes general sessions for all students (middle and high) and breakout sessions specific. Students will have an opportunity to work with affidavits; role play; analyze video segments; examine rules of evidence; learning courtroom layout and etiquette, making and handling objections; review openings, closings, directs and crosses; and get Mock Trial tips.  The goal for all in attendance is to gain Mock Trial experiences and skills in a fun learning environment.  

Teacher and attorney coaches will be able to accompany their students throughout the day. Individual students wanting to attend the workshop not connected with a school delegation must be chaperoned by a parent. There is a maximum of 15 students per school, unless additional space is available after the deadline. No walk-ins will be accepted. Registrations will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis.  A waiting list will be in place once capacity is reached.

Registration Fee Schedule: Students ($60), Teacher Coaches ($20), Attorney Coaches (Free), Chaperones (Free with no lunch) or Chaperones ($10 with lunch).

Registration Deadline: All registrations with full payment are due no later than August 30, 2013. (postmarked date)

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Mock Trial Coaches’ Manual for Attorneys and Teachers—NEW!!!
Looking for a resource to help you with Mock Trial? The SC Bar LRE’s Division is unveiling the Mock Trial Coaches’ Manual for Attorneys and Teachers. This is a fabulous reference manual for coaches of all experience levels. The manual does not replace the competition handbook packed with competition rules and modified rules of evidence. The manual includes general guidelines regarding the roles of teachers and attorneys, tools for the classroom, lesson plans, handouts, tests, and more. Attorneys and teachers can register for this free resource. Once registered the link to the document is provided. Click here to register.

Mock Trial Competition Registration is now OPEN!
The SC Bar Law Related Education Division is proud to announce Middle School and High School Mock Trial returns for yet another wonderful year and we are excited to open the registration for competition!  We invite public, private, and home schools throughout the state to participate in the 2013 / 2014 Mock Trial Competition Season.

The goals of this program are to educate students about the American judicial system and the fundamentals of litigation. Another objective is to increase cooperation, respect and support between the community and the legal profession. Through participation in the Mock Trial program students will sharpen their basic skills such as listening, public speaking, writing, reading, and analyzing. The goal of the Mock Trial program is not to win for the sake of winning, but to learn and practice the meaning of good citizenship in a democracy through participation in our legal system. All students who participate in the Mock Trial Competition are winners.  

This is a fun and exciting program for students and teachers alike.  The SC Bar will help find an attorney in your community to assist you in your preparation. 

Mock Trial Applications:
The Mock Trial applications are available online and are noted below. Below are the links to the Middle and High School Mock Trial applications. If you cannot open either document, you may need to download the latest version of Adobe Reader, which is Free.

Middle School Mock Trial Application – Deadline to Register Sept. 3, 2013 (without late fee)
If you cannot open the document by clicking on the above link, copy and paste the following URL into your browser. http://www.scbar.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=U8VlfZzLmEE%3d&tabid=321

High School Mock Trial ApplicationDeadline to Register Oct. 11, 2013 (without late fee)
If you cannot open the document by clicking on the above link, copy and paste the following URL into your browser. http://www.scbar.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=I0tCNZ34s0E%3d&tabid=370

The 2013/14 Mock Trial Competition Handbook is Available!
The 2013/14 Mock Trial Competition Handbook contains the Rules of the Competition; the Modified Rules of Evidence; Forms and Supporting Information; and Additional Information for Teachers, Attorneys, Students, and Parents. The Competition Handbook can be downloaded as one entire document or by each of section.

Click Here for the Competition Handbook.

We the People Competition Registration is now OPEN
The 2013/14 school year is starting, and with it the beginning of a new We the People season!  The 2014 High School and Middle School State Competition is scheduled on Thursday, January 9, 2014, in Columbia. For registration information, contact Donald Lanier at dlanier@scbar.org. For teachers interested in the program, but not ready to compete just yet, a Teacher Scholar program is available allowing teachers to come sit in on the competition and observe the students in action using their knowledge obtained from the curriculum to answer questions throughout the mock congressional hearing.  Competition Questions for 2013-14 are expected to be released this month!

Competition Dates for 2013/14
Middle School Mock Trial
Registration Opens Aug. 1 – Sept. 12, 2013
Rules Released August 1, 2013
Case Released August 30, 2013
Regionals Conway: November 2, 2013
Charleston, Greenville & Lexington: November 9, 2013
State (Lexington) December 6-7, 2013
Battle of Carolinas (Conway) April 4-5, 2014

We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution
Middle School Level (Columbia) January 9, 2014
High School Level (Columbia) January 9, 2014
Nationals (Washington, DC) TBD

High School Mock Trial
Registration Opens Aug. 1 – Nov. 1, 2013
Rules Released August 1, 2013
Case Released October 31, 2013
Regionals February 22, 2014
Charleston, Columbia, Conway, Greenville, and Lexington
State (TBD) March 7-8, 2014
Nationals (Madison, Wisconsin) May 8 – 11, 2014

We the People: Project Citizen
Deadline for In-School or Skyped Presentations April 25, 2014

Law for Young Adults Resource Availabe—UPDATED
The Law for Young Adults Resource for students preparing to turn 18 has been updated and is available. This is a fabulous resource with over 30 topics relating to teenagers turning into adults. This is a great resource to use in the classroom or for students to go directly to for assistance. Click Here for the Document.

Upcoming Events

Supreme Court   
Institute, June 15-19

Project Citizen
Training, July 8
Training, Sept. 24

We the People
Training, July 9
Training, Oct. 1

Street Law
Training, Oct. 15

July 24

Foundations of Democracy
Training, July 30

Middle School Mock Trial
Training, September 10
Webinars, Available 24/7

High School Mock Trial
Training, September 10
Webinars, Available 24/7

Law for Teachers
Webinars, Available 24/7

For more upcoming events, click here to visit our website.

LRE Staff

Cynthia H. Cothran
LRE Director
Oversees all programs

Marian Kirk
LRE Program Coordinator
Supports all programs and competitions

Donald Lanier
LRE Manager
Supports Community Works, Street Law, Foundations of Democracy, School Resource Officer Trainings and We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution

LRE programs are made possible with the support of the South Carolina Bar Foundation's IOLTA grant and the South Carolina Bar.