upcoming events

Community Works

  • Training, February 10

High School Mock Trial

  • Regional Competitions, February 26
  • State Competition, March 11-12

Project Citizen

  • Training, March 22
  • In-School Hearings, Now – April 8

Street Law

  • Training, January 13
  • Training, March 24

We the People

  • State Competition – Middle School, Jan. 5
  • State Competition – High School, Jan. 6
  • Training, February 3-4

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

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Welcome to the 10th edition of LRE News! We hope this newsletter continues to be a useful tool to 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.

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;
  • Mock Trial;
  • Foundations of Democracy;
  • LawForKids.org; and
  • Law for Teachers.

Project Citizen Summer Institutes
What is Project Citizen you ask? We the People: Project Citizen is a curricular program for elementary, middle and high school students as well as youth groups that promote 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.

This week-long professional development institute is provided at no cost to 40 participating teachers throughout the country through the generosity of the Center for Civic Education in Calabasas, California.  Participating teachers will receive ALL of the following:

Free Training and Curricular Materials: Participating teachers will learn from nationally recognized public policy scholars and receive a set of classroom materials for 30 students.  In addition, participants will work with nationally recognized Project Citizen mentor teachers, who will guide them step-by-step through the process of implementing Project Citizen into their classrooms.

Free Transportation: Those driving will receive mileage reimbursement up to the cost of a plane ticket at the federal reimbursement rate.

Free Lodging and Meals: All participants will be provided free lodging and meals.

Comments from Project Citizen Institute Attendees:
Project Citizen has taken the problem solving model to another level.  My students will now have a ‘hands on’ curriculum that’s ‘fun’ and it teaches problem solving.”

“Incredibly worthwhile adventure and training. Most informative and organized training I have taken in years!”

“I came into this opportunity with eyes, ears and mind wide open. I have never done this form of class activities program before and now believe I can and will do it!  Wow!”

“I loved and learned so much from this institute. This re-enforced why I love social studies. It reflects our real lives. Thanks.”

Themes, Location and Dates of Each Institute Offered:
  • Project Citizen for the 21st Century: Creating Better Readers, Writers, and Thinkers
    • Denver, Colorado – June 12-17, 2011
  • Project Citizen and Service Learning
    • Louisville, Kentucky – July 10-16, 2011
  • Project Citizen and Justice for All
    • Boise, Idaho – July 10-16, 2011
  • Project Citizen (The Foundation)
    • Clemson, South Carolina – July 17-22, 2011
  • Project Citizen (The Foundation)
    • Newport, Rhode Island - July 22-28, 2011

Go to www.civiced.org/PCinstitutes to apply for an institute. This year, instead of rolling admissions, there will be two application deadlines. The first deadline, March 1, 2011, is for "early decision." Those who apply before this deadline will be given priority consideration and early notification. The final deadline is April 8, 2011.

National History Day Celebrated in South Carolina
National History Day is an exciting educational program for middle and high school students, which fosters the development of research skills and analytical thinking.  Students research and develop topics of their choice that are related to an annual theme (this year it’s “Innovation in History:  Impact and Change”) and present their conclusions in exhibits, performances, documentaries, websites or historical papers.   “It’s like science fair for history, only better, because so many topics can be related to history. from arts to the sciences as well as "traditional" history topics, and students can choose from different formats to present their research,” said Elizabeth Johnson, Director of Historical Services at the S.C. Department of Archives and History.

Archives and History has coordinated the event in South Carolina since the late 1990s, with the support of many dedicated individuals and organizations.  Several thousand students participate and 300 reach the state contest held each April at the S.C. Archives and History Center in Columbia.  According to Johnson, “The quality of student research is impressive.  For example, some students track down inventors or politicians and interview them.  Equally impressive are the technical and creative skills used to create the entries.”

Each year the Bar presents an Award for the Best Entry on the History of Legal Justice.  “We are delighted to have the Bar involved with National History Day in South Carolina,” said Johnson, “and the financial support of the award can help the recipient attend the national contest held at the University of Maryland each June.”

For more information:
National History Day in South Carolina http://nhd.sc.gov/
National History Day http://www.nhd.org/
S.C. Department of Archives and History http://scdah.sc.gov

2011 Law Day Theme Announced
The 2011 Law Day theme has been selected. Please be sure to visit www.lawday.org in the coming months for more details on the theme, as well as downloadable artwork, lesson plans, resources, the Dialogue and more. The 2011 theme is:

The Legacy of John Adams, From Boston to Guantanamo

The 2011 Law Day theme provides us with an opportunity to assess and celebrate the legacy of John Adams, explore the historical and contemporary role of lawyers in defending the rights of the accused, and renew our understanding of and appreciation for the fundamental principle of the rule of law.

Check back often in the coming weeks for updates and resources for Law Day 2011, and for the 2011 Law Day Planning Guide and Resource Catalog!

The National Conference of State Legislatures has put together ample information for teachers to become involved with the America’s Legislators Back to School Program. Visit www.ncsl.org/public/backsch.htm to learn about the ample resources available for teachers.  Marketing and resource materials available include:

  • Talking points about legislators’ roles and the legislative process.
  • Age-appropriate material for student activities.
  • Follow-up lesson plans for the teacher’s classroom use.
  • Your Ideas Count! Booklet and video.
  • Time for Kids and in Time special editions for students.

Website for Researching Primary Sources
The National Archives has recently launched its DocsTeach website designed to help teachers use primary resources in their classrooms. The site has more than 3,000 primary documents available to view and print. In addition, the website contains ready-to-use activities and tools to produce your own activities for teaching these primary documents. This is a valuable resource for teachers in our network. Visit DocsTeach at http://docsteach.org/.

Mix It Up Grants
The Southern Poverty Law Center is accepting applications for its Mix It Up grants program to support ongoing projects led and directed by youth (ages 13 and older) that challenge the status quo, are creative in their approach to encouraging engagement in socially just behaviors, involve collaborations across social boundaries, and are fiscally responsible. Maximum award: $500. Ages served: middle and high school. They have a rolling deadline. For more information, visit www.tolerance.org

Do Something Seed Grants
Do Something is offering weekly grants of $500 to assist projects addressing different causes around the world. Do Something Seed Grants are targeted toward project ideas and programs that are just getting started. These grants are available to individuals ages 25 or under who are working to start a community action project or program. They have a rolling deadline. Learn more at: www.dosomething.org/grants/seedgrants

60-Second Civics
The Center for Civic Education is pleased to provide 60-Second Civics, a daily podcast that provides a quick and convenient way for listeners to learn about our nation’s government, the U.S. Constitution and American history. The podcast explores themes related to civics and government, the Constitutional issues behind the headlines, and the people and ideas that formed our nation’s history and government. To subscribe, visit http://civiced.org/rss/podcast_60second.xml.


2011 Training Catalog
The 2011 Law Related Education Training Catalog will be unveiled in January. Watch your inbox as you don’t want to miss out on all the FREE trainings coming your way.

LRE 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 $2,500 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 $500 for use as they wish.

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 will receive $500 to use as they wish. 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 receives some financial assistance 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.

All applications are to be post marked no later than March 18, 2011.

For applications, click here.

Middle School Mock Trial –  Results and BIG Thank You
The 2010 Middle School Mock Trial season has come to a close, but not before recognizing the 2010 State Champion, Forestbrook Middle School and first runner-up, Crayton Middle School.

Congratulations and many thanks are extended to the following dedicated teachers and attorneys coaches below who generously gave their time and energy to mentor students that participated in the 2010 Middle School Mock Trial program.

School Teachers Attorney Coaches
Blythewood Middle Preston Pearman, John Goldsborough Peg Fox
Cardinal Newman Middle Jonathan Patterson Eileen Craig Carrouth
Crayton Middle Betty Hopkins Dr. Deborah Laufersweiler-Dwyer,
D. Lawrence Kristinik, III
Dent Middle Tim Hicks, Amelie Cromer Anthony W. Livoti, Deborah Barbier
Dutch Fork Middle Mandy Goldsmith, Susan Dobbins William Thomas Causby
E.L. Wright Middle Wanda Edge, John Smith Meredith Seibert, April Sampson
Forestbrook Middle Joe Boswell, Stephanie Necessary, Linda Brubaker, Tess Vega Gene Vaught III, Candice Lively,
Scott Hucks
Gold Hill Middle Kyle Pearson, Mitch Hudson Stephen Corby
Greenville Middle Academy Kim Bayne, Marsha Leamon Rodney F. Pillsbury, Kenneth Shaw, Charles Crews, Jr.
Hanahan Middle Kevin Barth, Robert Burris Seth Warren Whitaker
Hand Middle Medina Boggs, Jody Davidson Robert Lominack
Heathwood Hall Episcopal Suzanne Nagy, Tom Bryan, J.D. Evans Beth Drake
Hopkins Middle James Styczynski, Deputy Eugene Mitchell  
Irmo Middle Bob McCoy David Morrison
Johnsonville Middle Allana Prosser, Rhonda Daniel Holly Wall
JET Middle Joseph Friar, Laurie Prince  
Leavelle McCampbell Middle Gabrielle Morgan  
Lexington Middle Chris Ellisor, Paul Berrian, Mary Rogers Jason Hall
Longleaf Middle Richard Fish, Marci Fish Melvin Bannister, William Campbell
Marrington Middle Steven Sorrell, Amanda Miller Lt. John Newson,  Lt. Cather Wooten
Merriwether Middle Travis Spears, Ms. Jackson James Mosteller III
Myrtle Beach Middle Karen McKenzie, Jackie Kennedy Richard L. Foltz, Charles Jordan
North Myrtle Beach Middle Brenda Kidd, Colleen Taylor, Susan Hamilton Melissa Meyers Frazier
Ocean Bay Middle Billy Gainus, Elaine Aiken,
Mary Lynn Hope, Marion Touzel
Amy Burke, Dominic Starr
Paul Knox Middle Chris Liner Wallis Alves, Jeffrey Moorehead, Serena McDaniel
R.H. Gettys Middle H. Cleve Couch, Jr. H. Cleve Couch, Jr.
Schofield Middle Jason R. McDowell, Aaron Knowles Jason McDowell
Spartanburg Day School David Perkinson Matthew Cox, Warwick Spencer
Springfield Middle Juanita Sanders, Charlotte Adkins Gary Lemel, Elizabeth Anderson, Shannon Vandiver, Melissa Inzerillo
St. Andrews Middle Judy Wright, Teresa Garner Brink Hinson
St. Anne's Catholic Peg Rolow, Kristi Doyle Sharon Clark
St. Anthony Catholic Patti Odom, Cris Lekovich George Jebaily
St. James Middle Samantha Anken, Janet Dickinson, Samantha House, Michael Macheski, Pamela Henry, Kevin Hancheck Angela Rayl
Geoffrey Gordon
St. Joseph Lisa Leonard, Sarah Faulds, Tess Pratt Charles L.A. Terreni
West-Oak Middle Patti Gosnell, Charlotte Sheriff,
Paula Grogan
Keith G. Denny
Williams Middle Jacquelyn Janiszeski-Richardson,
Brad Sponic
Sonny Barnes, Jr.

We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution

• High School - Columbia............................................................Jan. 6, 2011

We the People: Project Citizen

• In-School Competitions..........Scheduled Individually Anytime Prior to 4/4/11
• State Showcase.....................................................................Apr. 14, 2011

High School Mock Trial

• Regionals (Charleston, Columbia, Conway & Greenville)...........Feb. 26, 2011
• State (Columbia)..............................................................Mar. 11-12, 2011
• Nationals (Phoenix, AZ).........................................................May 5-8, 2011


sro corner (click here to learn more)

Description: Looking for a curriculum that teaches communication 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, involves community resource people and 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: A two-day training is scheduled for February 2011. Click here to learn more.

emt (click here to learn more)


Description: Elementary Mock Trial is an excellent way to begin to introduce the concepts of justice and the judiciary through fairy tale trials. We all know the stories of Goldilocks, Paul Bunyan, The Three Little Pigs and others. Through materials from the American Bar Association supplied to elementary teachers by the South Carolina Bar LRE Division, upper elementary students can learn about the courts in an interactive fashion. For the majority of the trials, there are even puppets available for checkout from the S.C. Bar LRE Division.

What’s New: The LRE Division has added many new puppets and cases to choose from when implementing Elementary Mock Trial. The Division will also come to schools that implement the program to videotape the students presenting the mock trial cases. For more information about the program, to review cases and choose puppets, click here.

fod (click here to learn more)

Description: Foundations of Democracy is a character education curriculum created by the Center for Civic Education. The curriculum is available for grades K-12 and addresses authority, responsibility, privacy and justice. The Center for Civic Education's mission is "to promote an enlightened and responsible citizenry, committed to democratic principles and actively engaged in the practice of democracy in the United States and other countries."  Students in South Carolina can benefit from this mission by becoming enlightened and active, responsible citizens while impacting the state through the implementation of this program. Through participation in this program, students will increase their basic skills of listening, speaking, writing, reading, problem analysis and awareness of the Constitution and how it is applicable to their daily lives.

What’s New: A two-day training is planned for Spring 2011. 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.

What’s New:High School Mock Trial competitions are right around the corner. There will be a total of 55 teams competing in four of the regional competitions (Charleston, Columbia, Conway and Greenville) with 10 teams advancing to the state competition in Columbia on March 11-12, 2011. The team that wins the state championship round will represent South Carolina at the National High School Mock Trial competition scheduled May 5-8, 2011, in Phoenix, Arizona.

Competition Dates for 2011:

  • Regionals (Charleston Columbia, Conway & Greenville).. February 26, 2011
  • State (Columbia)........................................................ March 11-12, 2011
  • Nationals (Phoenix, Arizona).............................................. May 5-8, 2011

If anyone is interested in starting a mock trial team at their school, two FREE trainings will be available in summer 2011 and September 2011.

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

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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. LawForKids.org is a Web site dedicated to teaching children about the law. It 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 site includes an interactive forum through 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 for 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, 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.

“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 great strength of our nation.”
~ John F. Kennedy


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: Just want the students wanted…. Middle School Mock Trial Summer Day Camp. The South Carolina Bar’s Law Related Education Division is sponsoring the first Middle School Mock Trial Summer Day Camp to be held on Saturday, June 18, 2011!  This year’s camp plans to include general sessions and breakout sessions for the beginner mock trial students and the experienced mock trial students. It is planned for students to 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. For more information on the camp and to register by May 2, 2011, click here.

If you thought that mock trial was only for high school, then you thought wrong! The 2010 Middle School Mock Trial season just came to a close with a total of 36 schools participating.

Forestbrook Middle won their second state mock trial competition on Saturday, December 4, 2010. Participating students included Jake Ammons, Kasey Anderson, McKenzie Blackburn, Jessica Cox, Calie Glasgow, Andrew Godfrey, Kaitlyn Justice, Robby Meese, Erin Murray, Alexis Oliver, Vanessa Romo-Perez, Zachary Pieterse, Mary Hanna Prock, Michael Riga, Riana Rush, Laura Sudowski, Peyton Sutley, James Vitale, Kaitlyn Ward and Cinithia Zavala Ramos. Teacher coaches were Joseph Boswell, Linda Brubaker, Stephanie Necessary, and Tess Vega. Attorney coaches were Gene P. Vaught, III, Candice Lively, and Scott Hucks.

Crayton Middle School was the runner-up. Participating students from Crayton Middle included Rion Campbell, Bridget Cowen, Bailey Davis, Taylor Doggett, Parker Dwyer, Dillon Keel, Katherine Kristinik, William Lott, Stephen McKenney, Paige Parmley, Walker Shaffer, Allie Stubbs, and Emma Woolbright. Their teacher coach was Elizabeth “Betty” Hopkins. Attorney coaches were Dr. Deborah Laufersweiler-Dwyer and Lawrence D. Kristinik, III.

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.

For those already implementing Project Citizen in their classroom, the Center for Civic Education recently unveiled a new portion of their website to include a Project Citizen portfolio and documentation binder that can be navigated from a computer. For example, if there is a two page narrative on the “Problem” board, students could zoom in and read the narrative.  This fabulous new link can be found at www.civiced.org/digitalPortfolio/.

What’s New:The 2011 showcase of all completed Project Citizen entries is scheduled for April 14, 2011. In-school presentation dates can be scheduled any time during the school leading up to the April 14th showcase. Judging of in-school presentations can be arranged with Cynthia H. Cothran at (803) 252-5139 or ccothran@scbar.org.

Curicular materials are now available in audio or Braille formats.

Grant Opportunities for Project Citizen Students: DoSomething.org aims to inspire, support, and celebrate youth taking action, so they offering a variety of grants, ranging from $500 to $1000, to young people seeking to make a positive impact in their community. Complete details can be found at http://www.dosomething.org/grants.

If your students have worn out their 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.

Competition Date for 2011:

  • Columbia....................................................................... April 14, 2011

Interested in starting this program at your school? Click here to learn more.

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: Two trainings will be held in Spring 2011. Click here to learn more.

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:The 2011 Middle and High School competitions are scheduled for January 5-6, 2011, in Columbia. There will be a total of 10 teams competing in the competitions. The winner of the High School State Competition will represent S.C. at the national competition in Washington, DC April 30 – May 3, 2011. 

Curicular materials are now available in audio or Braille formats.

For teachers interested in the program, there will be multiple training dates released for 2011.

Competition Dates for 2011:

  • High School Level (Columbia)......................................... January 6, 2011

To register for FREE trainings on We the People, click here for dates and registration information.

“Great workshop!  I can’t wait to use this program in my classroom.”
Teacher Participant

“Thanks for putting together such a great competition …
we enjoyed ourselves very much.”
JJ Iagulli , Carolina Forest High School

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: With the reinvigoration of the South Carolina Youth Court Association, the S.C. Bar now serves as a clearinghouse for information and a resource for reaching the S.C. Youth Court Association. For a list of Youth Court publications held by the S.C. Bar, please e-mail Donald Lanier at dlanier@scbar.org.

Click here to learn more.

“He who dares to teach must never cease to learn.”
~ Unknown Source

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