upcoming events

High School Mock Trial
Registration Deadline, Oct. 12
Case Released, Oct. 31, 5 p.m.
Registration Deadline with Penalty, Nov. 2

Middle School Mock Trial
Registration Deadline with Penalty, Sept. 28
Regional Competitions, Nov. 3
State Competition, Dec. 7 and 8

We the People
State Competition Questions Released, Sept. 2012
State Competition, Jan. 10

For more upcoming events, click here to visit our website.

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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lre news

Welcome to the 15th edition of LRE News! We hope this newsletter has become 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.

2013 Law Day Theme Announced
The 2013 Law Day theme has been selected by the American Bar Association. 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 2013 theme is:

Realizing the Dream: Equality for All

The promise of equality under the law is what has made America a beacon to other nations. It is a pledge clearly set forth in the Declaration of Independence and in the opening words of the Preamble of the Constitution, “We the People.” It is, in the words of Abraham Lincoln, the proposition to which our nation is dedicated.   

The year 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation. In 1963, during the Proclamation’s centennial, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood in front of the Lincoln Memorial and called upon our nation to live up to the great promise, enshrined in its founding documents, of equality for all. Five decades later, the inspirational words of Rev. Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech continue to resonate and challenge us to live up to our national ideal of equality under the law. The legacy of the Civil Rights Movement can be seen in the strides that have been made against discrimination based on race, gender, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, disability and sexual orientation.

Law Day, May 1, 2013, will provide an opportunity to explore the movement for civil and human rights in America and the impact it has had in promoting the ideal of equality under the law. It will provide a forum for reflecting on the work that remains to be done in rectifying injustice, eliminating all forms of discrimination, and putting an end to human trafficking and other violations of our basic human rights. As Rev. Dr. King pointed out in his Letter from a Birmingham Jail, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

Check back often in the coming weeks for updates and resources for Law Day 2013 and for the 2013 Law Day Planning Guide and Resource Catalog!


Mock Trial Meets Social Media
S.C. Bar Law Related Education is thrilled to announce our new social media presence! Find us on Facebook, on Twitter and on Google+

Middle School Mock Trial Skills Workshop
The second Middle School Mock Trial Skills Workshop was held Saturday, August 25. The camp included students, teachers and attorney coaches throughout the state learning Mock Trial strategies from volunteer attorneys. The event was a huge success and thanks to all involved.

Competition Dates for 2012/13

Middle School Mock Trial
Registration Opens Aug. 1 – Sept. 28, 2012
Rules Released August 3, 2012
Case Released August 31, 2012
Regionals November 3, 2012
* Proposed Locations: Charleston, Lexington, Conway & Greenville
State (Lexington) December 7 and 8, 2012

We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution
Middle School Level (Columbia) January 10, 2013
High School Level (Columbia) January 10, 2013
Battle of the Carolinas (S.C. Location TBD) April 12, 2013
Nationals (Washington, DC) April 27 – May 1, 2013

High School Mock Trial
Registration Opens Aug. 1 – Nov. 2, 2012
Rules Released August 3, 2012
Case Released October 31, 2012
Regionals February 23, 2013
* Proposed Locations: Charleston, Lexington, Conway & Greenville)
State (Columbia) March 8 and 9, 2013
Nationals (Indianapolis, Indiana) May 9-12, 2013

We the People: Project Citizen
Columbia April 19, 2013


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 one-day training is scheduled for October 17, 2012.

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: Many new puppets and cases have been added. The LRE Division will visit 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 one-day training is planned for Summer 2013. Stay tuned for further 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:Don’t let this year slip by without registering for High School Mock Trial. Complete and return the Mock Trial registration form for each team registering.

With each registration, enclose a check for the nonrefundable $100 registration fee. (Checks should be made payable to S.C. Bar Law Related Education (LRE) Division). All fees go toward competition expenses. (Don’t let payment prevent your team from registering on time. Feel free to fax the application in with a copy of the purchase order request showing payment is coming at a later date. The most important thing is to register the team on time.) There is a limit of two teams registered per high school. All registrations without penalty fees are to be received by October 12, 2012. Click here to register.

Information about the artist and journalist elements of the competition are included in the application to compete. Click here for more information.

FREE webinar training sessions on 11 different topics are available online for any time access. Click Here for Webinar Training Sessions. Contact Cynthia H. Cothran at ccothran@scbar.org to learn more about the Mock Trial program and competition.

“On its surface Mock Trial is a fun activity that encourages thinking and persuasive arguments to prove or disprove a point. To me, Mock Trial is an exercise that teaches participants how to formulate their perspective into a coherent argument that can easily be understood by others and be well defended. I see Mock Trial as a program that teaches high school students about the value of organizing their thoughts and influences of a strong argument.” —Christopher Reynolds, Blythewood High School, Student Participant

“By participating in Mock Trial, I discovered a career that combined all of my passions, my desire to help people, my love of reading and analyzing, my talent for public speaking, and my passion for the justice system … Someday, a small-town girl from Edgefield will be making a difference in the lives of others as a U.S. District Attorney, the same way Mock Trial made a difference in me.” —Megan Rudd, Strom Thurmond High School, Student Participant

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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.

“A teacher affects eternity: he can never tell where his influence stops.”
—Henry Adams

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Description: Law for Teachers is a program designed to give teachers an informative and practical guide to the legal issues they face every day in the classroom. Understanding the law that applies to teachers involves many components that apply to teachers of all disciplines with varying levels of experience, from the first year teacher to the teacher approaching retirement. Beyond providing ample information to teachers, the best part about the training is that all subjects are presented in a manner that a layperson can understand. And, the discussions are not specific to any region of the state, but are based on state laws as a whole. Law for Teachers was divided into 11 mini-sessions and may be attended in person at a Columbia location or viewed online from personal computers as live webinars or video replays. 

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Description: Turning 18 comes with many exciting opportunities: young adults can now vote, rent an apartment, open a credit card or buy a car — all without a parent’s consent. This transition also comes with new responsibilities. As young adults face important decisions from moving out, to establishing a bank account and credit history, to working and voting, this resource will provide some guidance on the new responsibilities and consequences that apply.

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! The current 2012 Middle School Mock Trial Case is now available. Regional competitions are scheduled for Saturday, November 3, 2012, in Charleston, Conway, Lexington and Greenville. The culminating state competition is scheduled in Lexington on December 7 and 8, 2012. The registration deadline to enter the competition is September 28, 2012. Click here for the application.

FREE webinar training sessions on 11 different topics are available online for any time access. Click Here for Webinar Training Sessions. Contact Cynthia H. Cothran at ccothran@scbar.org to learn more about the Mock Trial program and competition.

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 competition year is underway. Schools that would like to participate in the fall or spring semesters should contact Cynthia H. Cothran to register for in-school presentations. All in-school presentations should be scheduled prior to the April 19, 2013 state showcase date.

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.

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: The 2012-13 school year is starting, and with it the beginning of a new We the People season! The 2013 High School and Middle School State Competition is scheduled on Thursday, January 10, 2013, in Columbia. For registration information, contact Donald Lanier at dlanier@scbar.org. For teachers interested in the program, but not ready to compete just yet, a Teacher Scholar program is available allowing teachers to come sit in on the competition and observe the students in action using their knowledge obtained from the curriculum to answer questions throughout the mock congressional hearing. Competition Questions for 2012-13 have been released!

This year the Battle of the Carolinas We the People Competition will take place in South Carolina. The first of these competitions was kicked off in North Carolina at the Charlotte School of Law. Three teams will represent South Carolina at this year’s competition in South Carolina.

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

“As much as I enjoy the friendships I have forged throughout this experience, I am also amazed at how much I have learned in the short few weeks spent in this course. I am familiar with countless court cases, know the positions of almost every Founding Father and also consider myself a scholar of the Constitution. At the beginning of this year, although I knew a little bit about the Constitution and U.S. government, it was nothing compared to what I know now.” —Peter Yan, Student, Scholars Academy
“Thanks for putting together such a great competition … we enjoyed ourselves very much.” —JJ Iagulli, Teacher Sponsor, 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 S.C. 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.

“Once children learn how to learn, nothing is going to narrow their mind. The essence of teaching is to make learning contagious, to have one idea spark another.” —Marva Collins

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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.
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