Lawyers Can Pass Along Lessons in Civics as Part of Presidential Initiative
The _’s Commission on Civic Education in the Nation’s Schools is preparing to launch its flagship effort to bring lawyers, judges and law students into the classroom.
One of ABA President Stephen N. Zack’s main initiatives during his presidency, the commission is planning to roll out “civics and law academies” that commission Co-chair Marna Tucker characterized as a legacy project for future generations.
Civics and law academies are an opportunity for the legal profession to share their expertise and experience with junior and high school students to enhance future voters and jurists’ appreciation for, and understanding of, the heritage of the law.
As Tucker put it, lawyers “may not be the greatest teachers in the world.” Thus, the commission has put together resource guides and sample lesson plans to make coordinating an academy easier. Through at least eight contact hours of instruction with pupils, lawyer volunteers can instruct student academy participants through one of six topic areas ranging from the “Constitution and constitutionalism” to “American identity and pluralism.”
The need to engage students on civics is critical because as Tucker said, “Civics has been cut out of the curricula of a lot of school districts.”
Additional information about the commission can be found here.
The Commission on Civic Education in the Nation’s Schools’ goals and mission were discussed during a program at the association’s Midyear Meeting.