upcoming events

We the People

  • National We the People Competition, April 24-28, Washington, DC
  • We the People Training, July 15-16

Mock Trial

  • National High School Mock Trial Competition, May 7-10, Atlanta, GA
  • Mock Trial Training, July 28 and Sept. 15

Project Citizen

  • Project Citizen Training, June 9-10, Oct. 1-2, Dec. 15-16, Jan. 28-29, March 22-23

Street Law

  • Street Law Training, May 13-14

For more upcoming events, click here to visit our calendar

staff
Cynthia H. Cothran
LRE Director
ccothran@scbar.org
Oversees all programs

Marian Kirk
LRE Program Coordinator
mkirk@scbar.org
Supports all programs and competitions

Donald Lanier
LRE Coordinator
dlanier@scbar.org
Supports Community Works, Street Law, Foundations of Democracy, School Resource Officer Trainings, We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution, Youth Court

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

 

contents
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

lre news
Welcome to the fifth 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; and
  • Law for Teachers

Congratulations and many, many thanks to the following dedicated teachers and attorney coaches who generously gave their time and energy to mentor students who participated in the high school mock trial program.

School Teacher Advisor Attorney Coach
Battery Creek High School Sandra Davis, Daniel Tibbals, Jacqueline Parker Clifford Bush
Berkeley High School Kelli Antes Hon. Jack Landis and Elizabeth “Babs” Warner
Blythewood High School Marc Turner and Patrick Kelly Margaret “Peg” Fox
Bob Jones Academy Michael Murphy and Jennifer Olinger Allen Fretwell
Branchville High School Syliva Manning  
Broome High School Gary Purinton  
Chapin High School Brantley Brinkley and Laura Tedder David Knight
Charleston County School of the Arts Alan Brehm and Jane Marshal Cameron Blazer
Christ Church Episcopal School Donnal Miller and Melanie Carmichael Joseph Blake
Daniel High School Deanie Shonka Daniel Hunt
Dutch Fork High School Melissa Philips Tommy Evans
Fort Dorchester High School William Dowd David Cobb
Fort Mill High School Lynn Dickinson, Beth Spratt, Tom Wood, Jimmy Fitzpatrick and Stephen Corby Walter Dusky, Harold Staley
Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics Gary Salazar Bryan Braddock
Greenwood High School Michael White and Bonnie Seawright Elizabeth White
Greer High School Dr. Dwight von Kolnitz and Ashleigh Sutter  
Irmo High School Charlotte Shepard Joseph Bias
JL Mann High School Mark Davis  
Johnsonville High School Amanda McKee Holly Wall
Lexington High School David Rest George Branstiter
Mid-Carolina High School Jeffrey Eargle  
Myrtle Beach High School Stanlee Morrison and Amanda Dimovitz  
Nation Ford High School Clay Hasty and Chris Revels  
North Myrtle Beach High School Robert Decerbo Jill Fennel
Pinewood Preparatory Hope McIntosh William McIntosh
Porter-Gaud High School Aaron Lipka and Walker Bruce Teresa Hill
Richard Winn Academy Wendy McDonald Debra Matthews
Seneca High School Nan Jones and Cynthia Carlisle Scott Tousaint and Delane Rosemond
Socastee High School Jack Ebright and Gine Gile Wesley Locklair
Spring Valley High School Stan Whittle and Carrie Whitley  
St. Francis Xavier High School Maggie Zakri J. Seth
St. James High School Tracina Schmaus and Amanda Donner James Purvis
Strom Thurmond High School Denise Jackson and Jeff Bryan Shane Massey and Blair Massey
Wade Hampton High School Grant Hunter and Karen Moyd Chris Brough
Wando High School Nancy Cranford and Lisa Cain Michelle Suggs and Emily Johnston
Wilson High School Karen Medley and Cliff Moriarity  
Wren High School Matthew Truesdale and Jennifer Bertram W. Douglas Richardson Jr.

E-Scavenger Hunt

See if you can win a prize! Here is your chance to test your LRE knowledge. Find the correct answers to the nine questions below by searching the LRE Web site at www.scbar.org/lre.  The first five to submit the correct answers wins a prize.          

  1. 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 what four main topics?
  2. Community Works is a program targeting middle and high school students. It provides understanding of crime and crime prevention that is useful in their everyday lives. Community Works can function as _____ in a school or community setting?
  3. The Law Related Education is a _____ of the Bar.
  4. LawForKids.org is a ______ Web site available to South Carolina youth that explains juvenile laws in a manner that can be read quickly and understood easily.
  5. We the People: Project Citizen is a curricular program for elementary, middle and high school students as well as youth groups that does ________ in local and state government.
  6. Who created the curriculum for Project Citizen?
  7. Youth Court is a juvenile diversion option intended to keep young people with no criminal record out of the ______ system, allowing them a second chance to maintain their clean juvenile records.
  8. Street Law is a course in practical law. Where did the idea for Street Law come from?
  9. The High School Mock Trial Program is a hands-on exercise in learning about due process. The goal of mock trial is to do what? 

LRE Summer Trainings—Apply Today

Have you reserved your copy? The new LRE Training catalog is now available. Don’t miss out on the many training opportunities coming this summer and next fall.

Fort Mill High School wins!
Fort Mill High School students won their second state high school mock trial competition on Saturday, March 14, 2009. Participating students included Darius Becker, Josh Bradley, Ryan Corby, Justin Duke, Heather Griffin, Maddison Hall, James Hughes, Sunshine Isner, Rowena Jones, Kristy Klixbull, Nathan Koverman, Gabby Lanza, Chase Lovins, Veronica Martinez, Tasha Sanders, Mattson Taylor Smith, Kaylee Wagner. Teachers were Lynn Dickinson, Beth Spratt, Tom Wood and Jimmy Fitzpatrick. Attorney coaches were Walter Dusky, Harold Staley, Stephen Corby and Erin Fitzpatrick. The team represented South Carolina at the national high school mock trial competition May 7-10 in Atlanta, GA.

Congratulations to Bob Jones Academy for placing first runner-up. A huge thank you to everyone who made the high school mock trial competition a success!

Carolina Forest wins!
Carolina Forest was the state winner of the 2009 We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution Mock Congressional Hearing. Carolina Forest represented 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 some skills that will take them through life!


The school year cannot come to a close without recognizing outstanding individuals and schools for their accomplishments in law related education. The following 2009 awards were recognized:

LRE Middle School of the Year ($2,500): Springfield Middle School

LRE High School of the Year ($2,500): Carolina Forest High School

LRE Middle School Teacher of the Year ($500): Ricky Simpson

LRE High School Teacher of the Year ($500): Michael Murphy

LRE Citizen of the Year ($500): Christopher Ryan Lowery

LRE Lawyer of the Year: Daniel Hunt

High School Mock Trial Scholarship Winners ($500 each):

Kevin Kopf

Jonathan Ludwig

Casey McKee

Melissa McKeithan

Mattson Smith

Ashton Squires

We the People Scholarship Winners ($500 each):

Benjamin Brittain

Edward Collins

Jordan McCarthy

Want to get in on the recognition? Check out the LRE Web site to learn how to apply for these awards next year.

We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution

Columbia, January 8, 2010

We the People: Project Citizen

Columbia, April 15-16, 2010

Middle School Mock Trial

Regionals (Charleston Columbia, Conway, Greenville), October 31, 2009

State (Columbia), November 21, 2009

High School Mock Trial

Regionals (Charleston Columbia, Conway and Greenville), February 27, 2010

State (Columbia), March 12-13, 2010

Nationals (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), May 5-9, 2010

Celebrate Constitution Day – September 17th

Did you know that the U.S. Department of Education declared that any education institution receiving federal funds must offer lessons on the U.S. Constitution every year for Constitution Day? Constitution Day is intended to prompt any federally funded educational institution to conduct an event of its own design that celebrates the signing of the U.S. Constitution, which occurred in 1787. Events or programming can be designed as educators see fit to best emphasize this momentous event with their students.

Through participation in Constitution Day, students will increase their basic skills of listening, speaking, writing, reading, problem analysis and many more attributes to include citizenship and awareness of their Constitution applicable to their daily lives. Read the Federal Register establishing Constitution Day.

Do you have plans for Constitution Day? Look no further for fun curriculum, lesson plans and games to use in the classroom!

Materials, lesson plans and games

On the S.C. Bar Law Related Education (LRE) Division Web site, an array of free lesson plans and resources for teachers has been assembled in recognition of Constitution Day.  Lessons are provided by the Center for Civic Education, National Public Radio, The National Constitution Center and the Bill of Rights Institute. Another excellent avenue for introducing lessons based around the Constitution is through We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution. This free curriculum comes with training provided by the LRE Division and enhances students’ understanding of the institutions of constitutional democracy. Free trainings are offered several times throughout the year: July 15-16, October 8-9 and December 10-11.  

Field trip opportunity

Teachers may bring classes to their local courthouses during Constitution Day week.  Simply contact the local clerk of court for scheduling purposes. Local clerk of court offices may be found at www.sccourts.org/clerksCourt/clerkMap.cfm.

Incentives

Teachers conducting Constitution Day training as part of a Law Related Education curriculum are encouraged to apply for the LRE Teacher of the Year award, which comes with a $500 recognition gift for the teacher.

Schools that participate as part of a Law Related Education curriculum can apply for LRE School of the Year, which offers a $2,500 award to be spent at the school’s discretion.

Additional resources

If you are interested in a comprehensive list of resources with lesson plans and so much more, click here for “Constitution Day Internet Resources.” It is a fabulous document that was put together collectively from multiple sources and teachers. If you find additional resources and you want to share with others, feel free to send us additional links to include on this collective list.

www.constitutioncenter.org/constitutionday

www.constitutionday.com

www.constitutionday.wikispaces.com

www.constitutionday.cc

For more information, please contact:
Cynthia Cothran, LRE Director
South Carolina Bar
P.O. Box 608
Columbia, SC 29202-0608
(803) 252-5139 or ccothran@scbar.org


The spotlight has stopped on…

Nan Jones, Seneca High School and Deanie Shonka, Daniel High School! 

Nan Jones was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and resided there until the age of four. In her early years she and her family resided in New Jersey and then she lived in Newburgh, New York until she graduated high school. Currently she resides in the Oconee County area with her husband.

Jones attended Wake Forest College where she received a Bachelor of Arts in history.  She then attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she received a MAE. She completed 30 graduate hours above a masters in 1993. Currently, Jones is teaching at Seneca High School in Oconee County School District where she teaches all levels of 10th and 11th grade U.S. History, 11th grade English, American Frontier (designed curriculum), Law Education, U.S. Government/World Geography and Public Speaking.

In addition to teaching, Jones is a very active volunteer outside of the classroom. She was elected to the board of directors as secondary representative of the National Council for the Social Studies: House of Delegates in 2001 to 2003, 2005 and 2007. She has had many publications published over the past 13 years and has received many recognitions that range from Outstanding American History Teacher three times, Who’s Who America’s Teacher six times total, Teacher of the Year and many others. Jones has been involved with LRE programs for the past 13 years and serves on many school and district committees. She is also actively involved within her community. In her spare time, she enjoys genealogy.

Invigorating the lives of all who she comes in contact with and helping her students feel the passion of learning all while having fun are just two of her many qualities. She has dedicated her time to nine years of mock trial, two years of judging Project Citizen, judging at Furman University and presenting LRE programs at Furman University to help engage other teachers on the many opportunities that LRE offers. 

After retiring from teaching at the end of this school year, Jones plans to travel more to see what the world has to offer. She will continue genealogy, consult for several groups and volunteer her time with “Our Daily Bread” (soup kitchen) along with her church.  

Deanie Shonka was born in New York, and at the age of four she and her family moved to Pennsylvania. She graduated from Wilson High School in Easton, Pennsylvania, where her classmates endowed her with many superlatives. After graduating high school, Shonka attended West Chester State University, where she majored in physical education and received her Bachelors of Science degree. While attending West Chester State University, she played on the school’s first girl’s lacrosse team, was a head cheerleader and served as the sports editor for the annual and monthly newspaper. 

Shonka furthered her education at Penn State University and earned a Master’s of Arts with a major in physical education and a minor in history. She taught at Penn State University upon graduating and remained at Penn State University until she married and began raising a family.

In 1972 Shonka moved to South Carolina and in 1976 began attending Clemson University, working towards a teaching certificate with a special emphasis in social studies with 30 hours over a Masters’ degree.

Shonka began teaching physical education and social studies in 1976 in Pickens County, and she has been there ever since.

When Shonka is not in the classroom, you can find her on the volleyball court at either Daniel or Liberty High School, where she has coached for more than 20 years. She and her husband have also coached track for the past seven years at Daniel and Liberty High Schools. They have worked with the Daniel High School Mock Trial Mock Trial Team for 12 years, enjoying every minute. The Daniel Mock Trial team has advanced from regional to state competition for the past four years. 

After teaching for 34 years, Shonka said, “Her time to retire has arrived.” She is not sure what the next chapter in her life will be, but perhaps volunteering with the Guardian ad Litem program in Pickens County and spending time with her daughters and grandchildren is a good way to start.       

LRE will miss both Ms. Jones and Ms. Shonka greatly. Though they may retire, they will never be forgotten! LRE cannot say thank you enough to each of them for all that they have done within their schools and communities. LRE wishes them both the best of luck with all of their future endeavors.

(click here to learn more)

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.


The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.” B.B. King

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 Showcase took place at the S.C. Bar April 7, 2009. The showcase allowed students the opportunity to learn about public policy and make change in their school and/or communities. Congratulations to The Academy for Civic Engagement for winning the 2009 Showcase. The school will represent South Carolina at the National Conference of State Legislatures’ Project Citizen annual showcase event in August. The students proposed “Styrofoam is Whack, Plastic is Back,” addressing the issue of using existing reusable plastic trays in place of Styrofoam trays that fill our landfills. LRE is especially proud of these students for making a proposal to many key decision makers that included their superintendent, administration and school board.

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.

LRE has a week-long FREE summer institute in Clemson, July 12-18. It includes mileage, all meals, lodging and materials. Apply today!

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 represented 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 some skills that will take them through life!

Competition Date for 2010:

  • Columbia — January 8, 2010

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: If you thought that mock trial was only for high school, then you thought wrong! Springfield Middle School from Fort Mill won its second state championship title in December 2008, and the first runner-up was North Myrtle Beach. Free trainings will be offered to teachers interested in implementing this program. Look for more details to come.

Competition Dates for 2009:

  • Regionals (Charleston Columbia, Conway & Greenville) — October 31, 2009
  • State (Columbia) — November 21, 2009

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 readily prepared to compete at their local regional High School Mock Trial competition on February 28 and state Mock Trial Competition on March 13-14. Congratulations to Fort Mill High School who won the state championship title, and Bob Jones Academy who came in as first runner-up. Who knows, maybe it will be your school taking home the traveling Westbrook Award to display in your school’s trophy case for the 2010-11 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 Philadelphia, PA May 2010? If so, make sure you are not left out from participating in this wonderful program.

Competition Dates for 2010:

  • Regionals (Charleston Columbia, Conway & Greenville) — February 27, 2010
  • State (Columbia) — March 12-13, 2010
  • Nationals (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) — May 5-9, 2010

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 South Carolina Youth Court Association held elections for new officers. New officers were elected as follows: Chairman – Judge Joe Board of Pickens County Youth Court, Vice Chairman – Phil McDomick of Beaufort County School District, Secretary – Officer Dennis Tench of Mauldin High Youth Court and Treasurer – Joi Brunson of Kershaw County Youth Court. The first association meeting with the new officers was held April 21 at the South Carolina Bar.  

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: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: Click here for registration information.

“Education would be much more effective if its purpose was to ensure that by the time they leave school every boy and girl should know how much they do not know, and be imbued with a lifelong desire to know it.”
—Sir William Haley

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
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