upcoming events
We the People Training
Feb. 7-8

Regional High School Mock Trial
Feb. 23

State High School Mock Trial
March 7-8

Community Works Training
March 12-13

For more upcoming events, click here to visit our calendar

Cynthia H. Cothran
LRE Director
Oversees all programs           

Marian Kirk
LRE Program Coordinator
Supports all programs and competitions

Donald Lanier
LRE Coordinator
Supports Community Works, Street Law, Foundations of Democracy, School Resource Officer trainings

Cyndi Nickerson
LRE Coordinator
Supports We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution, Middle School and High School Mock Trial

The LRE staff would like to introduce a new staff member:               

Krystina Ludlow
LRE Coordinator
Supports Project Citizen, Youth Court, School Grants, marketing, Law Day, Constitution Day and newsletters

Please welcome our latest addition to LRE. Feel free to contact any of the LRE staff with any questions you might have.



LRE News | Teacher’s Corner | Project Citizen News | We the People News
Middle School Mock Trial News | High School Mock Trial News
Youth Court News | Awards & Recognition News | SRO Corner

lre news
Welcome to the first edition of LRE News! We hope this newsletter will be a useful tool. It was created to provide information on LRE news, 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.

law for kids
New Program Available Today! LawForKids.org
On February 1, 2008, the South Carolina Bar Law Related Education Division will launch LawForKids.org/SC, a new 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 in 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 site, visit www.LawForKids.org. Click “other states” in the top right corner of the home page, and 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.

The South Carolina Bar’s LRE Division, which was developed to improve the ability of teachers to instruct law related education, has been a part of the Bar since 1976. LawForKids.org is a valuable tool to young people in South Carolina made possible by collaboration with the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education and an IOLTA grant from the South Carolina Bar Foundation.

Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention,
sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution;
it represents the wise choice of many alternatives.

—Willa A. Foster

teacher's corner
Each year the following awards and scholarships are available: LRE Middle and High School of the Year; LRE Middle and High School Teacher of the Year; LRE High School Mock Trial Scholarship; We the People Scholarship; LRE Lawyer of the Year and LRE Citizen of the Year. Have you applied for your scholarship yet? Don’t be left out. Go to www.scbar.org/lre for more information. Deadline for submission is Friday, March 20, 2008.   

Have you reserved your copy? The new LRE Training catalog is now available. Don’t miss out on the many training opportunities coming this summer.

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: Last year, York One Academy proposed a keg registration on all kegs sold in the state. Through their efforts and writing their senator, keg registration was added to a bill up for adoption at that time. Their success was acknowledged when the bill was signed into law this past summer. As seen here, through Project Citizen students can and have made change in the state of South Carolina.

Schools implementing Project Citizen can schedule their in-school competitions through April 11, 2008. The state showcase is scheduled April 17-18, 2008, at the Strom Thurmond Institute on Public Policy on the grounds of Clemson University.

Trainings are provided throughout the year at no charge. If you need special training, it can be arranged for individual schools, teacher in-service days, after-school programs and one-on-one, as needed.

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: We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution’s culminating activity, a mock congressional hearing, was held January 10, 2008, at USC’s Moore School of Business. The state title was awarded to Scholars Academy from Myrtle Beach for the second year in a row. Scholars Academy will represent South Carolina at the national competition in Washington, DC May 3-5, 2008. All expenses associated with the national competition are supported through an IOLTA grant through the S.C. Bar Foundation. Free trainings on this curriculum are scheduled throughout the year.

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

Education is what remains when we have forgotten
all that we have been taught
—George Savile, Marquis of Halifax (1633-1695)
English statesman and author

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: This year, 14 teams competed for the title of State Middle School Mock Trial Champion. Congratulations to Springfield Middle School, State Champion, and North Myrtle Beach High School, First Runner-Up! LRE offers training for teachers and attorney coaches every summer and early fall in preparation for the fall competition. The trainings are not mandatory for teams to be eligible to compete, but they do assist in preparation for a strong and organized team. At the training, teachers are provided with an outline of mock trial guidelines, hands-on activities, videos, mock trial classroom instructional materials and a question/answer session with attorney coaches and experienced mock trial teachers.

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

High School Regional Competitions
February 23, 2008
Columbia, Conway, Charleston, Greenville and Spartanburg

High School State Competition
March 7-8, 2008

What's New: Regional winners compete at the state championship in March. The state champion will represent South Carolina at the national competition in May. The South Carolina Bar and S.C. Bar Foundation provide funding to support the winning team’s trip to the national competition. Schools interested in implementing this program are welcome to reserve a seat at the regional state competition to see what it is all about.

Interested in starting this program at your school? Click here for dates and 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: More than 100 participants attended a Youth Court Summit conducted January 12, 2008, at the USC School of Law for existing and new youth courts throughout the state. Keynote speaker and president of the National Youth Court Association, Katie Self, from Sarasota, Florida, kicked off the summit with a discussion on her passion for Youth Court and how she is glad to see so many youth, adult coordinators and volunteers participate in this wonderful program.

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

LRE unveiled grants available to rural and disadvantaged schools for implementation or continuation of law related education programs. On November 1, 2007, LRE was proud to award the 2007/2008 LRE School Grants to the following schools:

Abbeville High School
Brookland-Cayce High School
Carolina Forest High School
D.W. Daniel High School
McCants Middle School
Mid-Carolina High School
Pendleton High School
Pocalla Springs Elementary School
Strom Thurmond High School
York One Academy

If you feel you missed out, don’t fear—another grant application process will take place soon. Be sure to keep an eye on your mailbox and e-mail for the 2008/2009 school grant applications.

Awards and Recognitions
Each year, one middle school and one high school are selected as the LRE School of the Year. Winners for the LRE middle school and high school of the year are chosen based on their implementation of LRE curricula and/or programs and commitment to the principles of LRE. Each school receives a scholarship of $5,000 for use as it wishes. There is also an award for one middle school teacher and one high school teacher to win the LRE Teacher of the Year based on their implementation of LRE curricula and/or programs and commitment to the principles of LRE. Each of these teachers receives an award of $1,000 in non-designated funds.

High school seniors who have participated in mock trial or either of the We the People programs have the opportunity to apply for a one-time $500 scholarship to assist with higher education costs.

An award is also provided to the LRE Citizen of the Year selected based on their commitment to LRE programs and goals and this recipient receives $1,000 in non-designated funds. LRE also recognizes one LRE Attorney of the Year that is recognized in front of his/her peers at the annual House of Delegates meeting.

The winner of the statewide High School Mock Trial Competition and the We the People competition is full sponsored to compete in the national competitions.

The winner of the statewide Project Citizen showcase has its portfolio displayed at the National Conference of State Legislators and is awarded a recognition of excellence.

Law for Teachers
Law for Teachers is a new program designed to give all teachers an informative and practical guide to the legal issues they face everyday in the classroom. The program is offered through a three-day training conducted by the LRE Law for Teachers Sub-Committee and local experts in the South Carolina legal community. Program topics cover a wide variety of legal issues including First Amendment rights, special education, school safety, employment rights and responsibilities, copyrights, privacy issues, harassment, FERPA, teacher contracts/due process rights, tort liability, Title IX, etc. A statewide training is provided in the summer each year to include complimentary lodging, lunch and materials.

The will to win, the desire to succeed,
the urge to reach your full potential ...
these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.


sro corner
Feel like brushing up on your skills? On February 18-22, 2008, an Advance SRO Academy is being held. For more information, please contact Donald Lanier in LRE or the Registration Office at the Criminal Justice Academy.

A two-day training of Community Works will be held March 12-13, 2008.
Anyone in the mood for some “practical law”? Here is your chance. On April 8-9, 2008, a Street Law training is being held.

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

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