upcoming events

Project Citizen Training Sept. 12-13, Oct. 17-18, Dec. 12-13

Street Law Training Sept. 18-19

Community Works Oct. 16-17

We the People (Upper Elem - High School) Training Sept. 25-26, Dec. 10-11

LawForKids.org Training November 13

Mock Trial Training Sept. 16

For more upcoming events, click here to visit our calendar

staff
Cynthia H. Cothran
LRE Director
ccothran@scbar.org
Oversees all programs

Marian Kirk
LRE Program Coordinator
mkirk@scbar.org
Supports all programs and competitions

Donald Lanier
LRE Coordinator
dlanier@scbar.org
Supports Community Works, Street Law, Foundations of Democracy, School Resource Officer trainings 

Krystina Ludlow
LRE Coordinator
kludlow@scbar.org
Supports Project Citizen, Youth Court, School Grants, marketing, Law Day, Constitution Day and newsletters

Please welcome our newest staff member:
Nic Beza
LRE Coordinator
nbeza@scbar.org
Supports We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution, Middle School and High School Mock Trial

Feel free to contact any of the LRE staff with any questions you might have.

 

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LRE News | LawForKids.org | Project Citizen News | We the People News
Middle School Mock Trial News | High School Mock Trial News
Youth Court News | Awards & Recognition News | Community Works/Street Law

lre news
Welcome to the third edition of LRE News! We hope this newsletter is becoming a useful tool for you. It was created to provide news on programs and events for those involved with LRE programs. Suggestions and feedback are always welcome. LRE is a “one-stop” shop for teachers, SROs, pre-service teachers and attorneys. Professional development trainings are provided throughout the year on programs such as:

  • We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution;
  • We the People: Project Citizen;
  • Community Works;
  • Street Law;
  • Youth Court;
  • Mock Trial;
  • Foundations of Democracy;
  • LawForKids.org;
  • Law for Teachers; and
  • S.C. Supreme Court Institute.
of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect
Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility,
provide for the common defence, promote the general
Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves
and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution
for the United States of America.

—Preamble, U.S. Constitution

Celebrate Constitution Day—September 17
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? Read on for fun curriculum, lesson plans and games to use in the classroom.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: In celebration of our nation’s Constitution, the U.S. Department of Education has designated September 17 as annual Constitution Day! The day is intended to prompt any federally funded educational institution to conduct an event of its own design that celebrates the signing of the U.S. Constitution in 1787. Programming can be designed as educators see fit to best emphasize this momentous event with their students. Read the Federal Register establishing Constitution Day here.

MATERIALS, LESSON PLANS AND GAMES: An array of free lesson plans and resources for teachers have been assembled at www.scbar.org/lre for use in the classroom in recognition of Constitution Day. Lessons are provided by the Center for Civic Education, National Public Radio, the National Constitution Center and the Bill of Rights Institute. Another excellent avenue for introducing lessons based around the Constitution is through We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution. This free curriculum comes with training provided by the LRE Division and enhances students’ understanding of the institutions of Constitutional democracy. Free trainings are offered several times throughout the year including September 25-26 and December 10-11.

FIELD TRIP OPPORTUNITY: Teachers may take classes to their local courthouses during the Constitution Day week of September 17, 2008. Simply contact the local clerk of court for scheduling purposes. Local clerk of court offices may be found here.

INCENTIVES:
• Teachers conducting Constitution Day training as part of a Law Related Education curriculum are encouraged to apply for the LRE Teacher of the Year award, which comes with a $1,000 recognition award for the teacher.
• Schools that participate as part of a Law Related Education curriculum can apply for LRE School of the Year, which offers a $5,000 award to be spent at the school’s discretion.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: Click here for a comprehensive list of resources with lesson plans and so much more. This list was put together from multiple sources and teachers. If you find additional resources and you want to share them with others, please send them to kludlow@scbar.org. Need a free Constitution Day Pocket Book or a Constitution Day tool kit? Look no further: www.constitutionday.cc

CONTACT: Krystina Ludlow, LRE Coordinator
S.C. Bar P.O. Box 608 Columbia, SC 29202-0608
(803) 252-5139 or kludlow@scbar.org

CALLING ALL COMPETITORS!
Middle School Mock Trial Registration

Complete and return the registration form with a check for a $50 nonrefundable registration fee. (Check should be made payable to South Carolina Bar Law Related Education Division.) All fees go toward competition expenses and two complimentary copies of the case. Mail completed registration form and check to South Carolina Bar LRE Division, P.O. Box 608, Columbia, SC 29202-0608. Limit: one team per school.

Schools interested in starting a mock trial team are welcome to attend a free training scheduled for September 16, 2008. To register, click here.

All registration forms must be received by September 5, 2008.
The case will be released August 29, 2008 @ 5 p.m. at www.scbar.org/lre.
Regional Middle School Competitions: November 22, 2008
State Middle School Competition: December 6, 2008 (Lexington)

High School Mock Trial Registration
Complete and return the registration form for each team registering. With each registration, enclose a check for the nonrefundable $60 registration fee. (Checks should be made payable to South Carolina Bar Law Related Education Division.) All fees go toward competition expenses. Mail to South Carolina Bar LRE Division, P.O. Box 608, Columbia, SC 29202-0608. Limit: Two teams per school.

Schools interested in starting a mock trial team are welcome to attend a free training scheduled for September 16, 2008. To register, click here.

All registration forms must be received by October 10, 2008.
The case will be released October 31, 2008 @ 5 p.m. at www.scbar.org/lre.
Regional High School Competitions: February 28, 2009
State High School Competition: March 13-14, 2009 (Columbia)

We the People Registration
Registration forms to compete in the statewide mock congressional hearing will be forwarded September 2, 2008. Schools interested in starting We the People are welcome to attend a free training scheduled for September 25-26 2008 or December 10-11, 2008. To register, click here.

If your students have worn out your We the People books and you need a replacement set, e-mail Nic Beza at nbeza@scbar.org to get a new FREE classroom set of 30 textbooks as well as a teacher’s guide.

“Education comes from living life, following passions, accessing information, observing, reflecting, and being inspired by wise and courageous elders in the community.” —Claire Aumonier

(click here to learn more)

Description: Do your students have questions? Do they need answers? Don’t let the students go through life without knowing about this fabulous online program for kids. On February 1, 2008, the Law Related Education Division launched LawForKids.org, a Web site dedicated to teaching children about the law.

LawForKids.org was created with the specific goal of educating South Carolina’s youth, parents, communities and schools about the law and to encourage lawful behavior. The Web site includes an interactive forum in which students may anonymously ask questions about the law and receive correct, factual information from volunteer attorneys. Access to the Web site is free and adapted for South Carolina youth. There are quizzes, interactive games, cartoons, comics, law documents, links to other law related education Web sites and a searchable database on South Carolina law and how it affects young people. Students will find the Web site helpful with research projects and homework assignments, but can also use the site to play games and hear first-hand from their peers about law related incidents and how to best handle various situations.

To access the Web site, visit www.LawForKids.org. Click “other states” in the top right corner of the home page, then select South Carolina on the U.S. map. Users will then have the option of making the South Carolina site their permanent home page.

What's New: Free trainings will be offered to teachers interested in implementing this program on November 13, 2008. The training will include not only an in-depth review of the site, but an opportunity to explore and create lesson plans to bring this program into the classroom. To register, click here.

Free posters and mouse pads to promote LawForKids.org are available to schools. Contact Donald Lanier at dlanier@scbar.org to get your free samples.

project citizen (click here to learn more)

Description: We the People: Project Citizen is a curricular program for elementary, middle and high school students as well as youth groups that promotes competent and responsible participation in local and state government. The program helps young people learn how to monitor and influence public policy (a school rule or state law). In the process, they develop support for democratic values and principles, tolerance and feelings of political efficacy.

What's New: The Project Citizen Showcase took place at the S.C. Bar April 17-18, 2008. The showcase allowed students the opportunity to learn about public policy and make change in their school and/or communities. This year’s entries included topics such as traffic congestion, recycling, traffic light, animal care, restaurant smoking bans and much more. The 2008 Project Citizen Showcase winner for middle school was York One Academy from York, and the winner for high school was Chapin High School from Chapin. York One Academy represented South Carolina at the National Legislators Conference this summer and received a "superior" ranking. This not only is the highest ranking, but the second time York One Academy has accomplished this honor.

If you want to learn more about Project Citizen and how to make change in your school and/or community, you can take a free two-day training on Project Citizen Sept. 12-13, Oct. 17-18, or Dec. 12-13, 2008.

If your students have worn out your Project Citizen books and you need a replacement set, e-mail Cynthia Cothran at ccothran@scbar.org to get a new FREE classroom set of 30 textbooks as well as a teacher’s guide.

Interested in starting this program at your school? Click here for dates and registration information.

we the people (click here to learn more)

Description: We the People is an in-depth study of American history with an emphasis on understanding the formation of the Constitution and its interpretation throughout history. Students compete in a mock congressional hearing and discuss critical issues regarding American government, the founding fathers and current events based on a constitutional perspective.

What's New: Scholars Academy was the state winner of the 2008 We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution Mock Congressional Hearing. Scholars Academy represented South Carolina at the national championship in Washington, DC, May 2-6. Congratulations to all the teams that participated in this competition, as these students not only learned about the Constitution, but also gained some skills that will take them through life!

Free trainings are scheduled for Sept. 25-26 and Dec. 10-11, 2008.

Interested in starting this program at your school? Click here for dates and registration information.

“Let our government be like that of the solar system. Let the general government be like the sun and the states the planets, repelled yet attracted, and the whole moving regularly and harmoniously in several orbits.” —John Dickinson (Delaware Delegate), 1787

middle school mock trial (click here to learn more)

Description: The Middle School Mock Trial Program is a hands-on exercise in learning about due process. It is a team activity program that is most often conducted as an extracurricular activity, but can also be incorporated into law, forensics or public speaking classes.

What's New: If you thought that mock trial was only for high school, then you thought wrong! Springfield Middle School from Fort Mill won its first state championship title in December 2007, and the first runner-up was North Myrtle Beach. Free trainings will be offered to teachers interested in implementing this program September 16 in Columbia.

If you are planning this year’s schedule, the regional Middle School Mock Trial competitions are planned for Saturday, November 22, and the state competition will be Saturday, December 6, 2008, in Lexington.

Interested in starting this program at your school? Click here for registration information.

high school mock trial (click here to learn more)

Description: The High School Mock Trial Program is a hands-on exercise in learning about due process. It is most often conducted as an extracurricular activity but can also be incorporated into law, forensics or public speaking classes.

What's New: Fourteen teams advanced to state High School Mock Trial competition at the Matthew J. Perry Federal Courthouse March 7-8. Berkeley High School won the state championship title, and Dutch Fork High School came in as first runner-up. Berkeley High School not only had the proud honor of winning its eighth state championship title, but also will display the traveling Westbrook Award in its trophy case for this school year. Berkeley High School represented South Carolina at the National High School Mock Trial Competition in Wilmington, DE May 8-11.

Don’t be left out from participating in this wonderful program. Free trainings will be offered to interested teachers September 16.

If you are planning this year’s schedule, the regional High School Mock Trial competitions are planned for Saturday, February 28, the state competition is planned for March 13-14 in Columbia and and the national competition will be May 7-10 in Atlanta, GA.

Interested in starting this program at your school? Click here for registration information.

youth court(click here to learn more)

Description: Do you know what one of the fastest growing youth diversion programs in the nation is? The answer is Youth Court. There are 35 separate youth courts serving many different communities and schools throughout South Carolina. In communities, Youth Court is a juvenile diversion option intended to keep young people with no criminal record out of the juvenile justice system, allowing them a second chance to maintain their clean juvenile records. In schools, Youth Court can handle actual criminal offenses in which the school resource officer is involved, or it can be inserted into the discipline code to handle violations of school rules. Youth Court functions like a traditional court with all the key roles in place. The difference is that all of those roles are played by youth.

What's New: The 2009 Youth Court Summit is just around the corner on January 10, 2009—don’t forget to register! The first Youth Court networking meeting was held May 23, 2008 in Columbia. Many great things were talked about amongst the new and already established coordinators. LRE wants all Youth Courts to have a voice, and all are encouraged to attend. If you need help getting Youth Court started, need more training, need on-site assistance, or want to register for the summit, contact Krystina Ludlow at kludlow@scbar.org as on-site assistance is available.

sro corner(click here to learn more)

Description: Looking for a curriculum that teaches communication skills and problem solving skills? Community Works is a program targeting middle and high school students that can be implemented in the classroom, after school or in most any other setting. It provides students with a practical understanding of crime and crime prevention that is useful in their everyday lives. It can function as a stand-alone program, or it can be incorporated into a classroom curriculum. The curriculum includes 31 highly interactive session, it involves community resource people, and it includes a service learning/action project component, if desired. This curriculum not only teaches teens to be resources for each other, but to interact positively with community members.

What's New: Don't forget to mark your calendar for the two-day training on Community Works on October 16-17, 2008.

Interested in starting these programs at your school? Click here for registration information.

sro corner(click here to learn more)

Description: Street Law is a course in practical law. It was designed to provide students with knowledge of what to do when confronted with a legal problem. Information is presented through student-centered activities that enable teens to develop as effective citizens.  Most often, Street Law, is taught as a one-semester social studies elective or in place of a government course. The curriculum can also be used by teachers of a practical business law class. The curriculum is correlated to the state standards and is on the SC textbook adopted list.  The curriculum includes a teacher's manual as well as test banks.

What's New: Anyone in the mood for some "practical law"? Here is your chance. On Sept. 18-19, 2008, a Street Law training is being held. (Click here for registration information.)

“Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation.” —John F. Kennedy

awards(click here to learn more)
Grants, Grants and More Grants
If you haven’t heard the buzz, LRE has been awarding school grants. Daniel High School was able to help fund its mock trial team for both regional and state competitions with the funds, and this is just one example of many. Don’t miss out! Be on the lookout for the 2009-10 grant applications coming in February 2009.

bar foundation
LRE programs are made possible with the support of the South Carolina Bar Foundation's IOLTA grant and two program grants through the Center for Civic Education.
civic ed
South Carolina Bar Law Related Education Division
950 Taylor Street • P.O. Box 608 • Columbia, SC 29202
Phone: (803) 252-5139 Fax: (803) 771-0419 E-mail: lre@scbar.org
www.scbar.org/lre