upcoming events

We the People

  • National We the People Competition, April 24-28, Washington, DC

Mock Trial

  • Regional High School Mock Trial Competitions, Feb. 28
  • State High School Mock Trial Competition, March 13-14
  • National High School Mock Trial Competition, May 7-10, Atlanta, GA

Community Works

  • Community Works Training, May 19-20

Project Citizen

  • Project Citizen Training, March 26-27
  • Project Citizen State Showcase, April 6-7

Street Law

  • Street Law Training, May 13-14

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 We the People, Community Works, Street Law, Foundations of Democracy, School Resource Officer trainings 

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

Feel free to contact any of the LRE staff with any questions you might have.


LRE News | Teacher's Corner | LawForKids.org | Project Citizen
We the People | Middle School Mock Trial | High School Mock Trial
Youth Court | Community Works | Street Law | Awards & Recognition

lre news
Welcome to the fourth edition of LRE News! We hope this newsletter is becoming a useful tool for you. It was created to provide information on news 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 Institute.

Latest News Releases
To read the latest press releases on LRE programming, click here.

Middle School Mock Trial
Congratulations and many, many thanks to the following dedicated teachers and attorneys coaches below who generously gave their time and energy to mentor students that participated in the middle school mock trial program:

School Teacher Advisor Attorney Coach
Ashley Hall Mary Webb  
Beaufort Middle Jennifer Woods  
Black Water Middle Page Jordan  
Blackville-Hilda Jr. High Joseph Friar Tiffany Richardson
Blythewood Middle John Goldsborough Peg Fox
Covenant Classical Christian Chris Crain Edye Moran
Crayton Middle Betty Hopkins Debbie Dwyer
Dutch Fork Middle Robert McCartha Lisa Hostetler
E.L. Wright Middle Wanda Edge Joshua Koger/Chuck Ormond
Forestbrook Middle Joe Boswell Gene Vaught /Candice Lively
Gold Hill Middle Kyle Pearson Stephen Schusterman
Greenville Middle Kim Bayne Rodney Pillsbury
H.E. McCracken Middle Sherie Sturgis  
Hanahan Middle Kevin Barth Seth Whitacker
Hannah-Pamplico Middle Jill Ard Gary Finklea
Hand Middle Medina Boggs Robert Lominack
Heathwood Hall Mary Galvin Beth Drake/Mary Galvin
Honea-Path Middle Ricky Simpson Alex Turner
Johnsonville Middle Shannon Stuckey Holly Wall
Kelly Mill Middle Harmonica Hart Katie Cauthen
Leavelle McCampbell Gabrielle Morgan Shane Massey/Tom Young
Lexington Middle Chris Ellsior Jeniffer Locklier/ Jason Hall
Marrington Middle Karen Morrison Michelle Suggs/ Gayla McSwain
Merriwether Middle Travis Spears  
North Myrtle Beach Brenda Kidd Melissa Frazier/Malenie Nicholson
Northside Middle Jamie Smith  
Ocean Bay Middle Billy Gainus Kirk Truslow/Amy Burke
Pinewood Preparatory Hope McIntosh William E. McIntosh/Margie Matthews
R.D. Schroder Middle Jason Bowen  
Risen Christ Lutheran Kim Lavado Jonathan Kresken
Springfield Middle Juanita Sanders Jim Tucker/Shannon Vandiver
St. Andrews Middle Judy Wright Nancy Alston
St. Anthony Catholic Patti Odom George Jebaily/Sonny Barnes
St. James Middle Kevin Hancheck Patricia Ferguson
St. Joseph School Lisa Leonard Jean Clyburn/Bea Hightower
Whittemore Park Middle Brandon Hooks Daniel Honeycutt
Williams Middle John Powell  

Bruce Stuard
Carver Junior High School

Bruce W. Stuard was born in Gaffney, SC, and still resides in the area. He is married to Terry L. Stuard, who just received her Doctorate in Educational Leadership. They have three children, with one completing her student teaching at Charleston Southern University; a son in the Air Force who has returned from a tour in Iraq; and a daughter who is expecting her third child.

Stuard attended Gaffney Senior High School and Wofford College, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in history, sociology and education. He currently teaches the following courses at Carver Junior High School in Spartanburg County School District Seven: ninth grade government/world geography, ninth grade global studies and eight grade S.C. history. He is a certified literacy specialist and a certified gifted and talented instructor.

Stuard is a very active volunteer outside of the classroom. He serves on the Spartanburg District Seven “Making the Standards Work” Advisory Council and Social Studies Curriculum Committee. He is also an advisor for Youth In Government, Christmas Program, Black History Program and The Ms. Carver Pageant. If you ever need to find Stuard and he is not in the classroom, you can most likely find him outside or in the gym, as he is also the head football and wrestling coach for Carver Junior High School.

Creating positive change and helping students learn while moving forward are just two of Stuard’s many accomplishments that have set him apart from others. Over the past year, he has attended most, if not all, of the LRE training programs that have been offered. Upon meeting him, anyone can see the passion and desire he has to create civic-minded individuals.

Stuard is in his second year of conducting a mock congressional hearing in his government class. He has registered his school for a visit in April to witness a state Supreme Court case and tour the building. He has also received preliminary approval from his principal to implement a Youth Court at his school. After implementation in the school, he would like to expand the program throughout his district.

Currently, Mr. Stuard is building a mock trial team consisting of rising ninth graders who will participate in the high school mock trial program next fall.

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Description: 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. Last year, the Law Related Education Division launched LawForKids.org, a Web site dedicated to teaching children about the law.

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 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.

You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of. —Jim Rohn

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: There is a two day training scheduled for March 26-27. The Project Citizen Showcase will take place at the S.C. Bar April 6-7, 2009. Schools preparing their entries should contact the LRE Division to schedule in-school hearings to qualify for the state showcase.

If your students have worn out your 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.

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: Carolina Forest High School was the state winner of the 2009 We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution Mock Congressional Hearing. Carolina Forest will represent South Carolina at the national championship in Washington, DC, April 24-28. Congratulations to all the teams that participated in the 2009 competition, as these students not only learned about the Constitution, but also gained valuable skills that will take them through life!

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

Perhaps the most important thing we can undertake toward the
reduction of fear is make it easier for people to accept themselves, to like themselves.
—Bonaro Overstreet

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: Congratulations go to Springfield Middle School students for winning the state middle school mock trial competition on December 6 for the second consecutive year. Participating students included Holli Credit, Meghan D’Amico, Madison Dougan, Gretchen Hall, Courtney McLaren, Elizabeth Olney, Paytience Porter, Staesha S. Saunders, Rachel Shugart, Crysahna Suarez, Jessica Tennis, Celine Thiria, Nicole Tolliver, Jessica Tucker and Jessica Tyson. Teachers were Juanita Sanders and Faye Tucker. Attorney coaches were James Tucker and Shannon Vandiver.

If you didn't see the championship round, then you missed out! Springfield Middle and North Myrtle Beach Middle were phenomenal. Congratulations to North Myrtle Beach Middle School for placing first runner-up.

A huge thank you to everyone who made the competition a success!

Interested in starting this program at your school? Click here for 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: Teams are readily preparing to compete at their local regional competition on February 28. Last year Berkeley High School won the state championship title, and Dutch Fork High School came in as first runner-up. Maybe it will be your school taking home the traveling Westbrook Award for the 09-10 school year! Would you like to take it to the next level and represent South Carolina at the National High School Mock Trial Competition in Atlanta, GA, May 7-10?  If so, make sure you are not left out from participating in this wonderful program.

Interested in starting this program at your school? Click here for 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: The 2009 Youth Court Summit was held at Lexington High School January 10. This year’s special guest and keynote speaker was Glenn Faison, Executive Director of the Dispute Settlement Center, Inc. in Kenansville, NC.

A warm welcome goes out to Mauldin High School, the latest school to implement a Youth Court.

If you need help getting Youth Court started or need more training, please contact Krystina Ludlow at kludlow@scbar.org. 

sro corner(click here to learn more)

Description: Looking for a curriculum that teaches communication skills 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, it involves community resource people, and it 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 March 19-20, 2009. Click here for registration information.

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: A training is scheduled for April 22-23, 2009. Click here for registration information.

Americanism is a question of principles, of idealism, of character:
it is not a matter of birthplace or creed or line of descent.

—Theodore Roosevelt, Nobel Prize-winning U.S. president

Law Day is a national day set aside to celebrate the rule of law. Law Day underscores how law and legal process have contributed to the freedoms that all Americans share.

Law Day Planning Guide Available Online from the ABA
A Legacy of Liberty – Celebrating Lincoln's Bicentennial

2009 marks the bicentennial of the birth of Abraham Lincoln, regarded by many as our nation’s greatest and most eloquent president. Lincoln, who devoted much of his adult life to the practice of law, was the quintessential American lawyer-president. His background in the law informed both his actions and his oratory.

For Law Day 2009, we encourage efforts nationwide to commemorate Lincoln by exploring this rich and resonant theme – A Legacy of Liberty. Visit www.lawday.org to download the complete 2009 Law Day Planning Guide. Be sure to visit the Law Day Store for new items and themed products. The 10% discount deadline is February 27.

Share Your Expertise with the Law Related Education Community
Want to get more involved in Law Related Education? Consider submitting a presentation topic for the National Law Related Education Conference, October 1-3, 2009 in Chicago. The theme this year is Building a Better Tomorrow: Youth, Citizenship and Civic Engagement. This is an opportunity to share your evidence, research, knowledge, experiences and best practice strategies and join in a nationwide discussion with your colleagues in law-related education, youth and civic engagement. For more information, visit the Division for Public Education Web site.

awards(click here to learn more)
Grants, Grants and More Grants
If you haven’t heard the buzz, LRE awarded school grants for the 2008-09 school year. Pocalla Springs Elementary School was able to continue funding its “Elementary Law Part Two,” helping introduce elementary students to the simple concept of law and its foundations, purpose and their responsibility in maintaining the law. Pocalla Springs is just one example of many.

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