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February 13, 2011

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.

Learn More About:  Midyear Meeting 2011Zack, Stephen N.

Comments (5)

  • James L. O'Leary, II
    11:03 AM February 15, 2011

    When this program is officially rolled out I would like to volunteer to teach in our local high school and middle school. Thank you very much.

    James L. O’Leary, II
    Personal Injury Attorney
    Offices at Vanderbilt
    28089 Vanderbilt Drive, Suite 202
    Bonita Springs, FL 34134
    (239) 947-8900

  • Rhonnie Hemphill
    1:18 PM February 15, 2011

    I’ve volunteered at Innovative Concepts Academy. in St. Louis now for 2 years. ICA, a public school, only works with juveniles assigned by the court for committing serious offenses, some certified. I want to expand my work to other city’s in this capacity, where this work is really neded. Can the ABA program help me?

  • Marcy Helfand
    2:26 PM February 15, 2011

    I’d like to know if anything is being pursued on this in Dallas, Texas. I think that it is sorely needed.

  • Kristen Costigan
    9:31 PM February 28, 2011

    I am also interested in teaching when this program is rolled out.
    My personal email is .
    Ph# 414-446-9298
    Milwaukee, WI
    Please contact me. I have many years of teaching experience that I could bring to the organization.

  • Rosabel
    9:53 AM July 8, 2011

    I love reading these atrlices because they’re short but informative.