upcoming events

Foundations of Democracy
Training, July 31

Law for Teachers
Webinars, Always Accessible

LRE Technology for Teachers
Training, July 19

Mock Trial
Training, September 13

Project Citizen
Training, June 12
Training, September 20

Street Law
Training, September 26

Street Law for the SRO
Training, July 25

We the People
Training, July 17
Training, September 18

Cynthia H. Cothran
LRE Director
Oversees all programs

Marian Kirk
LRE Program Coordinator
Supports all programs and competitions

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

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Welcome to the 14th 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 2012—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 prompt educators to conduct events that celebrate the signing of the U.S. Constitution 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? Look no further: www.constitutionday.cc

Through participation in Constitution Day, students will increase their basic skills of listening, speaking, writing, reading, problem analysis and others, including citizenship and awareness of the Constitution as it is applicable to their daily lives. Read the Federal Register establishing Constitution Day at www.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/other/2005-2/052405b.html.

Other Constitution Day Resources:


LRE Summer Trainings Available—Apply Today!
The new LRE 2012 Training Catalog is now available. Have you reserved your copy?  Don’t miss out on the many training opportunities coming this summer and next fall.

It’s Back … the 2012 S.C. Supreme Court Institute
The S.C. Bar and S.C. Supreme Court proudly bring the S.C. Supreme Court Institute June 18-22 in Columbia. The Institute is for middle and high school teachers who 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, including 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 (www.iCivics.org).

The Institute is limited to 20 participants. If interested, apply today! Click here for the application.

If you are unable to attend this year’s Institute, online resources can be found in the new 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 Court, Judicious Election of Judges, Connecting to the Courts and Separation of Powers, all of which can be accessed here.

It’s Back … the 2012 Middle School Mock Trial Skills Workshop—Aug. 25
The Law Related Education Division is sponsoring a Middle School Mock Trial Skills Workshop Saturday, August 25! This year’s workshop will include general sessions and breakout sessions for beginner and experienced Mock Trial students. Students will have an opportunity to work with affidavits; role play; analyze video segments; examine rules of evidence; learn courtroom layout and etiquette, make and handle objections; review openings, closings, directs and crosses; and get Mock Trial tips. The goal for all in attendance is to gain Mock Trial experiences and skills in a fun learning environment. Teacher and attorney coaches will be able to accompany their students throughout the day.

There is a maximum of 15 people (coaches, chaperones, and students) per school. No walk-ins will be accepted. Registrations will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. A waiting list will be in place once capacity is reached.

Registration Fee Schedule: Students ($40 before June 15, $60 June 16-August 15), Teacher Coaches ($20), Attorney Coaches (Free), Chaperones (Free)

Registration Deadline: All registrations with full payment are due no later than August 15, 2012 (postmarked date)

Click here for more information and to apply!

Law for Teachers: Free Online Trainings Available Anytime!
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. The creation of this unique training was derived from multiple requests submitted by teachers at other law related education trainings in favor of this very training that did not exist for teachers at the time. Teachers were interested in how the laws applied to them specifically in their profession. 

Understanding the law that applies to teachers covers many important components that apply to teachers of all disciplines. Beyond providing ample information to teachers, the best part about the training is that the presenters present on 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 trainings is that the information includes updates to the laws. Subject content of the online webinars includes discussions on:

  • Legal foundations;
  • Teacher contracts and due process rights;
  • Disciplinary action on educator certificates;
  • Tort liability;
  • Harassment;
  • Title IV:
  • Copyright issues (print, electronic, video and music);
  • First Amendment issues;
  • FERPA;
  • Privacy Issues;
  • PPRA;
  • General education laws;
  • Student discipline;
  • Special education; and
  • Special education discipline.

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

LRE Middle School of the Year ($2,500): St. Anthony School
LRE High School of the Year ($2,500): Fort Dorchester High School
LRE Middle School Teacher of the Year ($500): John Goldsborough (Blythewood Middle School)
LRE High School Teacher of the Year ($500): Misty LeClerc (Wando High School)
LRE Citizen of the Year ($500): Virginia Seymour
LRE Lawyer of the Year: Gene Palmer Vaught III

High School Mock Trial Scholarship Recipients ($500 each):
Jack Ball (Greenwood High School)
Jessica Fryml (Bob Jones Academy)
Kristen Ince (Bob Jones Academy)
Melanie McKinney (Strom Thurmond High School)
Robert Reid (Blythewood High School)
Christopher Reynolds (Blythewood High School)
Megan Rudd (Strom Thurmond High School)
Nicholas Sottile (Wando High School)

We the People Scholarship Recipients ($500 each):
Peter Yan (Scholars Academy)
Nicholas Sottile (Wando High School)

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

Competition Dates for 2012-13
Middle School Mock Trial

Registration Opens Aug. 1-Sept. 28, 2012
Rules Released August 1, 2012
Case Released August 31, 2012
Regionals* November 3, 2012
State (Lexington) December 7-8, 2012

* Proposed Locations: (Charleston Columbia, Conway & Greenville)

We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution

Middle School Level (Columbia) January 3, 2013
High School Level (Columbia) January 3, 2013
Battle of the Carolinas (Spring 2013 TBD)
Nationals (Washington, DC) TBD

High School Mock Trial

Registration Opens Aug. 1-Oct. 26, 2012
Rules Released August 1, 2012
Case Released October 31, 2012
Regionals* February 23, 2013
State (Columbia) March 8-9, 2013
Nationals (Indianapolis, Indiana) May 9-12, 2013

* Proposed Locations: Charleston Columbia, Conway & Greenville)

We the People: Project Citizen

Columbia April 19, 2013

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. 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, including 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.


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

fod (click here to learn more)

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

What's New: A one-day training is planned for July 31, 2012. 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.

Congratulations to Strom Thurmond High School for winning its fourth state Mock Trial competition (1984, 1985, 1987 and 2012)! Participating students included Ashley Bodiford, John Gillespie, Jacob Harding, Jamarr McCain, Melanie McKinney, Arturo Pineda, Kaitlyn Pugh, Megan Rudd, Erin Sweeney and Miller Thompson. The teacher coaches were Denise Jackson, Jeffrey Bryan and Steven McKinney. The attorney coaches were Blair and Sen. Shane Massey.

Congratulations is also extended to Bob Jones Academy for placing first runner-up! Participating students included Kayla Fenstermaker, Jessica Fryml, Kristen Ince, Abigail Ludwig, Nichole Martinson, Tim Nichols, Jamie Noel, David Schaedel, Stephen Sidwell and Faith Worley. The teacher coaches were Michael Murphy, Ben Adams, Valerie Myers and Jennifer Olinger. The attorney coach was Jon Gregory.

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 Indianapolis, Indiana May 9-12, 2013? If so, make sure you are not left out from participating in this wonderful program. See State News above for teacher training competition dates!

The Courtroom Sketch Artist and Courtroom Journalist components were continued for a second year, allowing students who would not typically have participated in Mock Trial an opportunity to display their talents through art or writing. The winning Courtroom Sketch Artist was Megan Greer from Montessori School of Anderson. The winning Courtroom Journalist was Kayla Fenstermaker from Bob Jones Academy. Congratulations to both students for continuing a path for other students to follow. It is hoped that all student participants enjoyed these competition components.

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 2012 High School Mock Trial program.

Schools Teacher Coaches
Carolina Forest High School Anthony Antolak
Beaufort High School Joseph Taylor and Deborah Kidd
Berkeley High School Katy Bates
Blythewood High School Marc Turner and Katie Adams
Bob Jones Academy Michael Murphy, Ben Adams, Jennifer Olinger & Valerie Myers
Branchville Locket School Sylvia Williams, Wallace Williams, Wendy Morancie
Carolina Forest High School Anthony Antolak, Judith Giganti, and Katherine Meade
Chapin High School Brantley Brinkley
Christ Church Episcopal School Thomas Shingler, Jim Burford, and Donna Miller
Colleton Preparatory Academy Jennifer Bratsafolis
Dreher High School Ilona Sunday
Dutch Fork High School Molly Dawson
Early College High School Will Chappell and Samantha Lohr
Fort Dorchester High School William W. Dowd
Fort Mill High School Nicole Eskew
Governor's School for Science & Mathematics Gary Salazar
Greenville High School Anderson M. Horne
Greenwood High School Michael White and Lance Shuford
Irmo High School Sherry B. Stone
JL Mann High School Mark Davis
Johnsonville High School Amanda McKee, Renee Sanders, and Scott Ewing
Lexington High School Karen Ray
Mid-Carolina High School Jeffrey Eargle and Jessica Chamberlain
Montessori High School of Anderson Susan I. Johnson
Myrtle Beach High School Melissa Buckner
Nation Ford High School Jimmy Fitzpatrick and Dawn Lisk
North Augusta High School Rick Gill
North Myrtle Beach High School Robert Decerto, Amy Murphy, and Pat Mallett
Socastee High School Jackie Gorcesky, Ami-lyn Ward, Gina Gile
Spring Valley High School Cheryl Guy and Carrie Whitley
St. Francis Xavier High School Emily Baker
Strom Thurmond High School Denise Jackson, Jeff Bryan and Steven McKinney
Waccamaw High School Amanda Crutchman and Brad Kibler
Wade Hampton High School Andrew Lake and Becky Blackwell
Wagener-Salley High School David Beja
Wando High School Sally Wallace
Westminster-Catawba Christian School Debbie Holford
Wilson High School Jill Young, Karen Medley, and Lauren Steinmetz

Free Mock Trial trainings are available online anytime as webinars, and in-person training will be offered September 13, 2012. 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.

“Let us never be betrayed into saying we have finished our education, because that would mean we had stopped growing.” —Julia H. Gulliver

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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! Johnsonville Middle School won its third state championship title in December 2011, and the first runner-up was Forestbrook Middle School from Myrtle Beach. See State News above for student workshop, teacher training and competition dates!

If you are interested in starting a Mock Trial team at your school, FREE webinar trainings are available anytime, and an in-person training will be available September 13, 2012.

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 20, 2012. 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 with Ms. Long’s fifth grade class for winning the 2012 Project Citizen State Showcase at the middle school level. The students proposed “Eat Neat, and Get On Your Feet.” Their project addressed the need for more physical activity needed during the school week and educating students more on how to live a healthy lifestyle with lasting effects.

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

Interested in starting this program 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 school resource officers is scheduled for July 25, 2012. A training for teachers in Street Law is scheduled for September 26, 2012. Interested in starting this program at your school? Click here to learn more.

we the people (click here to learn more)

Description: We the People is an in-depth study of American history with an emphasis on understanding the formation of the Constitution and its interpretation throughout history. Students compete in a mock congressional hearing and discuss critical issues regarding American government, the founding fathers and current events based on a constitutional perspective.

What's New:
Scholars Academy from Conway won the 2012 State We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution Mock Congressional Hearing Competition. This was the fourth 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 27-May 1. Congratulations to Wilson High School for placing first runner-up, led by teacher coach Yvonne Rhodes. Congratulations to all the teams that participated in the 2012 We the People 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!

The inaugural Battle of the Carolinas We the People Competition kicked off in North Carolina at the Charlotte School of Law. Wilson High School, Wando High School Team 2 and Wando High School Team 3 represented South Carolina. We are pleased to announce that Team 2 from Wando placed second in the competition! Congratulations!

See State News for upcoming competition dates! To register for FREE trainings on We the People, click here for dates and registration information.

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

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

youth court (click here to learn more)

Description: Do you know what one of the fastest growing youth diversion programs in the nation is? The answer is Youth Court. There are 35 separate youth courts serving many different communities and schools throughout South Carolina. In communities, Youth Court is a juvenile diversion option intended to keep young people with no criminal record out of the juvenile justice system, allowing them a second chance to maintain their clean juvenile records. In schools, Youth Court can handle actual criminal offenses in which the school resource officer is involved, or it can be inserted into the discipline code to handle violations of school rules. Youth Court functions like a traditional court with all the key roles in place. The difference is that all of those roles are played by youth.

What's New:With the reinvigoration of the 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 Bar, please e-mail Donald Lanier at dlanier@scbar.org.

“Tell me, and I’ll forget. Show me, and I may not remember. Involve me, and I’ll understand.” —Unknown

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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
950 Taylor Street • P.O. Box 608 • Columbia, SC 29202
Phone: (803) 252-5139 Fax: (803) 771-0419 E-mail: lre@scbar.org