upcoming events

Community Works

  • Training, July 12

Foundations of Democracy

  • Training, July 20-21

Law for Teachers

  • Contracts/Due Process, May 17
  • Student Discipline, June 21 and Sept. 20
  • Special Education, June 28 and Sept. 27
  • Disciplinary Action on Certificates, June 21
  • Copyrights, July 12 and Sept. 13
  • Title IX, July 12
  • Tort Liability, August 30

Mock Trial

  • Training, June 29
  • Training, September 14

Project Citizen

  • Bluffton Institute, June 22-23
  • Training, June 24
  • Clemson Institute, July 17-22
  • Training, September 23

Supreme Court Institute

  • Institute, June 20-22

Street Law for the SRO

  • Training, June 23

We the People

  • Training, May 17-18
  • Training, June 14
  • Training, July 26-27

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 Manager
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

contents
LRE Welcome | LRE National News | LRE State News | Teacher's Corner | LRE Programs | Community Works | Elementary Mock Trial | Foundations of Democracy | High School Mock Trial | LawForKids.org | Law for Teachers | Middle School Mock Trial | Project Citizen | Street Law | We the People | Youth Court

lre news

Welcome to the 11th 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.


Celebrate Constitution Day 2011 – September 17

  • 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? 
  • Do you have plans for Constitution Day this year?
  • Looking for fun curriculum, lesson plans and games to use in the classroom?

Constitution Day is intended to celebrate 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. Need a free Constitution Day Pocket Book or a Constitution Day tool kit? Click here!

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.

Other Constitution Day resources include:
http://constitutioncenter.org/constitutionday
http://www.constitutionday.com
http://constitutionday.wikispaces.com

Centennial of Ronald Reagan’s Birth
This year marks the centennial of Ronald Reagan's birth, providing an occasion for teaching and learning about the 40th president's contributions to American constitutionalism and citizenship.

The Center for Civic Education and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation have collaborated to produce Ronald Reagan and Executive Power, a lesson for high school students that examines the use of presidential powers by Ronald Reagan. It explores Article II of the Constitution and discusses how President Reagan exercised his authority under Article II concerning war powers, domestic policy and foreign policy.

You can view and download the lesson at http://www.civiced.org/reagan/.

Ronald Reagan and Executive Power was written by Lauri McNown, who teaches in the Department of Political Science at the University of Colorado at Boulder. It was made possible by a grant from the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation.

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LRE Summer Trainings Now Available—APPLY TODAY!
Have you reserved your copy? The new LRE 2011 Training Catalog is now available. Don’t miss out on the many training opportunities coming this summer and next fall.

Awards & Recognition
The school year cannot come to a close without recognizing outstanding individuals and schools for their accomplishments in law related education.  

LRE Middle School of the Year ($2,500): ........................ Ocean Bay Middle School
LRE High School of the Year ($2,500): .................... Strom Thurmond High School
LRE Middle School Teacher of the Year ($500): ....... Patti Odom (St. Anthony Sch.)
LRE High School Teacher of the Year ($500): .. Marc Turner (Blythewood High Sch.)
LRE Citizen of the Year ($500): ...... George Dickinson (York County School District)
LRE Lawyer of the Year: ......................... Hon. John M. Rucker (Newberry County)

High School Mock Trial Scholarship Recipients ($500 each)
Kaity Nisbett (Dutch Fork High School)
Creasie Parrott (Johnsonville High School)
Nick Sanders (Johnsonville High School)
Charles Shoop III (Blythewood High School)
Trenton Smith (North Myrtle Beach High School)
David Tabor (Bob Jones Academy)
Taylor Treece (North Myrtle Beach High School)
Elizabeth von Keller (Blythewood High School)

We the People Scholarship Recipients ($500 each)
David Blayton (Carolina Forest High School)
Miguel Garcia Jr. (Strom Thurmond High School)
Sommer Ireland (Wando High School)
Trenton Smith (Scholar’s Academy)

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

2011-12 Competition Dates
Middle School Mock Trial

  • Regionals................................................................... November 5, 2011

* Proposed Locations: Charleston Columbia, Conway & Greenville

  • State (Columbia)....................................................... December 10, 2011

We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution

  • Middle School Level (Columbia)....................................... January 4, 2012
  • High School Level (Columbia).......................................... January 5, 2012
  • Nationals (Washington, DC)...................................... April 27-May 1, 2012

High School Mock Trial

  • Regionals................................................................... February 25, 2012
    * Proposed Locations: Charleston Columbia, Conway & Greenville
  • State (Columbia)......................................................... March 9-10, 2012
  • Nationals (Albuquerque, New Mexico)................................. May 3-6, 2012

We the People: Project Citizen

  • Columbia......................................................................... April 20, 2012

It’s Back … The 2011 S.C. Supreme Court Institute
The S.C. Bar and S.C. Supreme Court proudly bring back the S.C. Supreme Court Institute taking place June 20-22, 2011, in Columbia. The Institute is for middle and high school teachers and school resources officers that teach social studies, U.S. government and history. The Institute focuses on the S.C. Supreme Court and the branches of government. Attendees will learn how to bring South Carolina courts and the law to life for their students while interacting with educators, attorneys, judges and Supreme Court justices. Teachers will gain new interactive tools with which to teach students about the Court. This Institute includes a visit to the S.C. Supreme Court to hear oral arguments and an opportunity to speak with the justices afterward! A meet and greet with Chief Justice Jean H. Toal and fellow justices is included. The Institute includes panel discussions with judges representing various courts, a technology component working with various website resources and an opportunity to build lesson plans to bring back to the classroom. This free Institute also includes a session on iCivics,

The Institute is limited to 20 participants and currently has a waiting list. If you are interested, please apply to be placed on the waiting list. Click here for the application.

If unable to attend this year’s Institute, online resources can be found in the newly designed online version titled Teachers and the Courts. Online resources include eight chapters: Federal Courts, Overview of S.C. Court System, S.C. Supreme Court, S.C. Court of Appeals, S.C. Circuit Courts, Judicious Election of Judges, Connecting to the Courts, and Separation of Powers, all of which can be accessed a by clicking here.

It’s Back … Law for Teachers as Live Sessions, Webinars and Video Replays
Back by popular demand, Law for Teachers features more ways to attend along with several new topics! This program is 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 covers many important 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 sessions is that the presenters deliver all subjects 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. Another great feature incorporated into the sessions is that the information includes updates to the laws.

Ample topics are set up as individual or dual sessions to allow for smaller time commitments instead of three full days and are offered after school hours as a live session in Columbia, as a live webinar, or as a video replay webinar. To learn more about the FREE sessions and to apply, click here

Don’t Forget About the Teacher Time Tracking Form to Redeem the Certificate of Hours!
The Law Related Education Division appreciates all of the time and dedication given to the Mock Trial program outside of regular classroom hours. We know your students and their parents appreciate your commitment to the team and your school would not be able to participate in Mock Trial competitions without great teachers like you. As a teacher that sponsored or assisted with a Mock Trial team, LRE would like to show our appreciation with a participation certificate with the number of hours that were committed to the program.

This form was provided during the Mock Trial season to assist in tracking time committed to Mock Trial to include studying, reading, practicing and the actual hours on competition day(s). Make sure that your principal signs off on the completed form. To download the form, click here.

The spotlight has stopped on…

holleyPatricia “Lynn” Durgin Dickinson
Fort Mill High School
York School District
Fort Mill, South Carolina

Lynn Dickinson graduated from Columbia High School. Not only is she a graduate of Clemson University with a B.A. degree in Secondary Education-History, she also took courses at Winthrop, Converse, Furman and USC. She also received a recertification to teach students with learning disabilities. In addition, she earned her 30+ hours above her master’s degree in Criminal Justice from USC.

Prior to teaching, Ms. Dickinson had the honor of working for Sen. Strom Thurmond in Washington, DC. Ms. Dickinson first began teaching at Hillcrest High School in Hillcrest. In 1978, after moving to Mauldin, she taught at Mauldin High School for the next 12 years. She met her husband and truly her best friend at Buncombe Street United Methodist Church where they were married in 1984. She stayed home with her two children, Becca and Thomas, for five years before returning to teaching and relocating to Rock Hill. Ms. Dickinson has taught the last 14 years at Fort Mill High School. She has taught in all areas of social studies to include government, economics, U.S. history, world history, sociology, psychology, law education, multi-cultural studies, world geography, and criminal justice. Her favorite classes to teach were history, government and law. Ms. Dickinson designed and implemented a credit course that included Street Law and High School Mock Trial, which now serves as a statewide model to other schools interested in developing a similar class model. 

“I knew I wanted to be a teacher at an early age. In fact, I was a teacher in the sixth grade play albeit a math teacher. In high school, I thought I wanted to save the world by becoming a doctor. However, teaching was always in the back of my mind. When I finally gave into my heart and decided to become a teacher, I never looked back. Teachers inspire and constantly give. It is not about me—it’s all about them, the students. I have never had a second guess about what I do. I love teaching as much now as I did way back in 1978. Working with young people is one of the greatest experiences anyone can ever have!”

In 1981, Ms. Dickinson was involved in establishing the first Mock Trial program with the first S.C. Bar Law Related Education Committee. In conjunction, she established a Mock Trial team at Mauldin High School. Once moving to Fort Mill, she took over the school’s Mock Trial program there. Ms. Dickinson had the privilege of working with attorneys Stephen Cox, Harold Staley and Walter Dusky. Attorneys Stephen Cox and Harold Staley brought great experience to the Fort Mill’s Mock Trial team, as they were alumni of Berkeley’s High School Mock Trial Team. Ms. Dickinson first worked with Walter Dusky as a Fort Mill High School Mock Trial student. He later returned to Fort Mill High School after law school and has served as the team’s lead attorney coach for the past two years. Several of Ms. Dickinson’s former Mock Trial students have gone on to participate in collegiate Mock Trial and have returned to either help her high school team, have coached Middle School Mock Trial teams, serve on the LRE Committee and so much more! 

Ms. Dickinson is appreciative of all of the wonderful support of teachers, parents, students, local police, judges, solicitors, and the legal community as a whole, stating that all she had to do was ask for help and they were there to help her school’s Mock Trial team. Ms. Dickinson said, “I think one of the greatest things about LRE and Mock Trial is the giving back to the community. It is great to get all kinds of people involved who want to help.”

Ms. Dickinson has many Mock Trial moments that will stay with her always. After retiring, she plans to spend more time with family and friends, being a grandmother to a fabulous grandson, and volunteering with LRE in any way that she can. While she plans on retiring in June, she will be serving as a mentor teacher for the Supreme Court Institute, also in June. The LRE Division is extremely appreciative and proud of the contributions and accomplishments that Lynn Dickinson has made through her efforts to make a difference in the lives of so many people throughout the state. She has served as a mentor to her fellow teachers, teachers statewide, and is a true motivator and inspiration to her students in excelling. Her passion and excitement for teaching and life as whole is and will forever be infectious.

programs

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 training is scheduled for July 12 in Columbia. Click here to learn more

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puppets

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 travel 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 scheduled for July 20-21 in Columbia. Interested in starting this program at your school? 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: Teams readily prepared to compete at their local regional High School Mock Trial competition on February 26 and state Mock Trial Competition on March 11-12.

North Myrtle Beach High School students won their first State High School Mock Trial competition on Saturday, March 12, 2011. Teachers helping the team were Robert DeCerbo, Lauren Steinmetz and Amy Murphy. Attorney coaches were Brad Smith and Mike Freeman. The team represented South Carolina at the National High School Mock Trial competition May 5-8 in Phoenix, Arizona. Senior Taylor Treece was awarded an Outstanding Attorney award. Congratulations to Strom Thurmond High School for placing first runner-up at the state competition. A huge thank you is extended to everyone who made the High School Mock Trial competition a success!

Who knows, maybe it will be your school taking home the traveling Westbrook Award to display in your school’s trophy case for the 2012-13 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 Albuquerque, New Mexico May 3-6, 2012? If so, make sure you are not left out from participating in this wonderful program.

Two new components were added to the 2011 High School Mock Trial Competition:

  • Courtroom Sketch Artist
  • Courtroom Journalist

This year marks the first year for two new categories allowing students that would not typically have participated in Mock Trial an opportunity to display their talents through art or writing. The first Courtroom Sketch Artist is Jane Xu from Dreher High School. The first Courtroom Journalist is Caylyn Byrd from Spring Valley High School. Congratulations to both students for starting a path for other students to follow. We hope that all student participants enjoyed these new components.

Mock Trial Meets the Digital Age!
In addition to Mock Trial cases available on the web as a pdf downloadable document, it is planned for the 2011-2012 Mock Trial cases to also be available in Nook and Kindle formats.

Competition Dates for 2012 High School Mock Trial

  • Regionals.................................................................. February 25, 2012
    * Proposed Locations: Charleston Columbia, Conway & Greenville
  • State (Columbia)........................................................ March 9-10, 2012
  • Nationals (Albuquerque, New Mexico)................................ May 3-6, 2012

A BIG Thank You!
Congratulations and many, many thanks to the following dedicated teachers below who generously gave their time and energy to mentor students who participated in the 2011 High School Mock Trial program.

Schools Teacher Coaches
Carvers Bay High School Liz Cooksey
Beaufort High School Robin Southard and Deborah Kidd
Berkeley High School Katy Bates and Jessica Benton
Blythewood High School Patrick Kelly and Marc Turner
Bob Jones Academy Michael Murphy, Ben Adams, Jennifer Olinger
Branchville Locket School Sylvia Williams
Chapin High School Brantley Brinkley
Christ Church Episcopal School Donna Miller
D.W. Daniel High School Linda Combs, Todd Howard and Charlotte Bruner
Dreher High School Ilona Sunday
Dutch Fork High School Molly Dawson and Laurie Humphrey
Fort Dorchester High School William W. Dowd
Fort Mill High School Lynn Dickinson, Tom Wood, Beverly DeMayo, Annemarie Credit
Gov. Sch. for Science & Math Gary Salazar
Greenville Sr. High Acad. of Law, Fin. & Bus. Roland Bowler
Greenwood High School Michael White and Bobby Curtis
Irmo High School Sherry B. Stone
JL Mann High School Mark Davis
Johnsonville High School Amanda McKee
Lexington High School Jason Blackburn and Karen Wray
Lower Richland High School Timothy Shipley and Brentown Brown
Mid-Carolina High School Jeffrey Eargle and Laura Lindsay
Montessori High Sch. of Anderson Susan I. Johnson
Myrtle Beach High School Melissa Buckner
Nation Ford High School Jimmy Fitzpatrick
North Augusta High School Rick Gill andMary Colleen Patterson
North Myrtle Beach High School Robert Decerto and Amy Murphy
Pinewood Preparatory School Hope McIntosch
Ridge View High School Carol Kannisto and Edwin Griffin
Socastee High School Jackie Gorcesky, Jack Ebright and Matt McCarty
Spring Valley High School Carrie Whitley and Cheryl Guy
St. Francis Xavier High School Edward Bruce Novak and Peggy Rolow
Strom Thurmond High School Denise Jackson and Jeffrey Bryan
Summerville High School Jim Lewis
Wade Hampton High School Andrew Brandon Lake
Wando High School Sally Wallace, Jared Tyler, and William Smyth
Westminster Catawba Christian School Debbie Holford
Wilson High School Karen Medley
Wren High School Matthew Truesdale

Free Mock Trial trainings will be offered June 29 and September 14 for new teachers and attorney coaches interested in implementing this program. Click here to learn more.

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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.

“The pessimist complains about the wind, the optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.” —John Maxwell

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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 covers many important 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 the presenters deliver all subjects 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 attended via webinars from personal computers as live webinars or video replays. 

What's New:  There are several sessions scheduled in the next few months as follows:
Student Discipline......................................................... June 21 and Sept. 20
Teacher Contracts / Due Process Rights.............................................. May 17
Disciplinary Action on Certificates...................................................... June 21
Special Education.......................................................... June 28 and Sept. 27
Copyrights........................................................................................ July 12
Title IX............................................................................................. July 12
Tort Liability................................................................................. August 30

Click here to learn more.

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! Forestbrook Middle School from Myrtle Beach won its second state championship title in December 2010, and the first runner-up was Crayton Middle School from Columbia.

Competition Dates for 2011 Middle School Mock Trial:

  • Regionals................................................................ November 5, 2011
    * Proposed Locations: Charleston Columbia, Conway & Greenville
  • State (Columbia)................................................... December 10, 2011

Mock Trial Meets the Digital Age!
In addition to Mock Trial cases available on the web as a pdf downloadable document, it is planned for the 2011-2012 Mock Trial cases to also be available in Nook and Kindle formats.

Free Mock Trial trainings will be offered June 29 and September 14 for new teachers and attorney coaches interested in implementing this program. Click here to learn more.

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 15, 2011. The in-school hearings leading up to the state showcase allowed students the opportunity to learn about public policy and make change in their school and/or communities. Congratulations to Lonnie B. Nelson’s ACE program’s fifth grade class for winning the 2011 Project Citizen State Showcase at the middle school level. The students proposed "Bullying is Cruel, Don’t Do It In School.”

Congratulations are also extended to Early College High School students for winning the 2011 Project Citizen State Showcase at the high school level. The students proposed “Cultivating Responsibility, Ending Cyberbullying.”

LRE is especially proud of all the students and teachers that participated in the Project Citizen program.

Competition Date for 2012 Project Citizen:

  • Columbia..................................................................... April 20, 2012

Free Project Citizen trainings: Free trainings will be offered in the following formats:

  • Institutes:  ...................... Bluffton, July 22-23 and Clemson, July 17-22
  • One Day Trainings: .................................... June 24 and September 23

Interested in starting Project Citizen at your school? Click here for dates and registration information for trainings.

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 specifically designed for the school resource officer is scheduled for June 23. 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: Scholars Academy from Conway won the 2011 State We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution Mock Congressional Hearing Competition. This was the third state title earned by Scholars Academy led by teacher coach Georgia Holley. Scholars Academy represented South Carolina at the national championship in Washington, DC, April 29-May 2, where they won the title for region winner. Congratulations to Wando High School for placing first runner-up in its first year of participating with the We the People program. Congratulations to all the teams that participated in the state competition, as these students not only learned about the Constitution, but also gained many skills that will take them through life! A huge thank you is extended to everyone who made the competition a success!

Competition Dates for 2012 We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution:

  • Middle School Level (Columbia).................................... January 4, 2012
  • High School Level (Columbia)....................................... January 5, 2012
  • Nationals (Washington, DC)................................... April 27-May 1, 2012

Order replacement textbooks today! If your students have worn out their We the People books and you need a replacement set, e-mail Donald Lanier at dlanier@scbar.org to get a new FREE classroom set of 30 textbooks as well as a teacher’s guide.

Free We the People trainings will be offered May 17-18, June 14, and July 26-27. Interested in starting this program at your school? Click here for dates and 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: 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.

“Tell me, I might remember. Show me, I might understand. Involve me, and I will learn.” —Unknown Source

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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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South Carolina Bar Law Related Education Division
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Phone: (803) 252-5139 Fax: (803) 771-0419 E-mail: lre@scbar.org
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