upcoming events

High School Mock Trial
Regional Competitions, February 23
State Competition, March 8-9

Project Citizen
Training, Jan. 25, March 19
In-School Hearings, Now – April 12

Street Law
Training, March 21

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

Cynthia H. Cothran
LRE Director
Oversees all programs

Marian Kirk
LRE Program Coordinator
Supports all programs and competitions

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

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Welcome to the 16th edition of LRE News! We hope this newsletter has become a useful tool to you. It was created to provide information on LRE news, programs and events for those involved with LRE programs. Suggestions and feedback are always welcome.

LRE is a “one-stop” shop for teachers, SROs, pre-service teachers and attorneys. Professional development trainings are provided throughout the year on programs such as:

  • We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution;
  • We the People: Project Citizen;
  • Community Works;
  • Street Law;
  • Mock Trial;
  • Foundations of Democracy;
  • LawForKids.org; and
  • Law for Teachers.

2013 Law Day Theme Announced
The 2013 Law Day theme has been selected by the American Bar Association. Please be sure to visit www.lawday.org in the coming months for more details on the theme, as well as downloadable artwork, lesson plans, resources, the Dialogue and more. The 2013 theme is:

Realizing the Dream: Equality for All

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

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

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

Description: Description: iCivics Launches a New Game: We the Jury
In the latest game from iCivics, students decide a tough case (two case options) and discover what jurors do once they leave the jury box and head to the deliberation room.  Jury duty is one of the fundamental responsibilities of citizenship. We the Jury (www.icivics.org/games/we-jury) lets students have fun while learning all about how important and engaging serving on a jury is. As the clock ticks down, students analyze evidence, weigh testimony and pick the right arguments to persuade fellow jurors to come to a fair and impartial verdict. There are 16 other games on the iCivics website that have supporting materials in alignment to state and Common Core standards, classroom game guides and related lesson plans. Check out all that iCivics has to offer at www.icivics.org.

American Legacy App Available for iPhone and iPad
The Center for Civic Education has launched its very first app. American Legacy, the Center’s popular pocket constitution, is now available for the iPhone and iPad through Apple’s iTunes for only $1.99, with schools eligible to receive educational discounts through Apple. American Legacy includes the full text of the U.S. Constitution along with a helpful index and the Declaration of Independence. The app features excerpts from The Federalist, Chief Justice John Marshall’s opinion in Marbury v. Madison, George Washington’s “Farewell Address,” Thomas Jefferson’s First Inaugural Address, Sojourner Truth’s “Ain’t I a Woman,” Abraham Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address, the Gettysburg Address, the Emancipation Proclamation and the Civil Rights Act of 1964, among many others.

FREE Books
The Literacy Empowerment Foundation is inviting schools to participate in its literacy project and apply for FREE books for Read Across America Day—March 2. The foundation distributed more than three million books last year to schools across the country. Resources are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Orders must be received by February 16, 2013. The Free Books to Read Across America Day order form is at www.lefbooks.org. For additional information, call (610) 719-6448 or e-mail info@lefbooks.org.


2013 Training Catalog
The 2013 Law Related Education Training Catalog will be unveiled in February. Watch your inbox—you don’t want to miss out on all the trainings coming your way.

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—teachers were interested in how the laws applied to them specifically in their profession. 

Understanding the law as it applies to the teaching profession is critical for teachers of all disciplines and grade levels. This program gives them the answers they need to ensure they are acting lawfully in their classrooms. Speakers for the program include attorneys from S.C. Dept. of Education, attorneys for school districts and contract attorneys hired by school districts.

Topics covered include the following:

  • General Education Laws
  • Tort Liability
  • Special Education
  • First Amendment Issues
  • Harassment
  • Bullying / Cyberbullying
  • Student Discipline
  • Teacher Contracts / Due Process Rights
  • Copyrights
  • Title IX

LRE Awards and Recognitions
Each year, one middle school and one high school are selected as the LRE School of the Year. Winners for the LRE middle school and high school of the year are chosen based on their implementation of LRE curricula and/or programs and commitment to the principles of LRE. Each school receives a scholarship of $2,500 for use as it wishes. There is also an award for one middle school teacher and one high school teacher to win the LRE Teacher of the Year Award based on their implementation of LRE curricula and/or programs and commitment to the principles of LRE. Each of these teachers receives an award of $500 for use as they wish.

High school seniors who have participated in mock trial or either of the We the People programs have the opportunity to apply for a one-time $500 scholarship to assist with higher education costs.

An award is also provided to the LRE Citizen of the Year selected based on his/her commitment to LRE programs and goals, and this recipient will receive $500 to use as he/she wishes. LRE also recognizes one LRE Attorney of the Year, who is recognized in front of his/her peers at the annual House of Delegates meeting.

The winners of the statewide High School Mock Trial Competition and the We the People competition receive some financial assistance to compete in the national competitions.

The winner of the statewide Project Citizen showcase has its portfolio displayed at the National Conference of State Legislators and is awarded a recognition of excellence.

Click here for the applications. All applications must be postmarked no later than March 20, 2013.

Middle School Mock Trial—Results and BIG Thank You
The 2012 Middle School Mock Trial season has come to a close, but not before recognizing the 2012 State Champion, Forestbrook Middle School, and first runner-up, Ocean Bay Middle School.

Congratulations and many, many thanks to the following dedicated teachers and attorneys coaches who generously gave their time and energy to mentor their students.

School Teachers Attorney Coaches
Banks Trail Middle Faye Tucker, Gayle Esarove Chris Thompson, Stephen Schusterman
Black Water Middle Karen McCune, Eric McKinney, Julie Hardwick, Deanna Zuleg Robert Hedesh, Kathryn Sligh
Blythewood Middle John Goldsborough, Alison Whisenant Peg Fox
Buist Academy Liz Deters, Christopher Garner Steven Epps, Elizabeth Corn
C.E. Murray Jr. High John Carey Ronnie Sabb
Cardinal Newman Elizabeth Gertz none
Ctr. for Accelerated Prep. Theresa Counts-Davis, Peggy Fettig Brett Bayne
Chapin Middle Kai Brailey James Burns, Sarah Eibling, Will Harter
Crayton Middle Betty Hopkins Keely McCoy
Dent Middle Tim Hicks, Marc Turner Deborah Barbier
Dutch Fork Middle Mandy Goldsmith, Susan Dobbins,       Jenny Adams Tom Causby
Forestbrook Middle Lisa Aglietti, Joey Trail, Stephanie Necessary, Joe Boswell Gene Vaught III, Candice Lively,
Scott Hucks
Greenville Middle Academy Kim Townsend, David Grey Rodney F. Pillsbury, Kenneth Shaw, Charles Crews, Jr.
Hammond Karen Shull, Yolanda Courie Jill Croswell
Hand Middle Medina Boggs, Jody Davidson Robert Lominack
Heathwood Hall Episcopal Emily Hodges, Pam Bulak, Barbara Petit, Sue Swick Lucie Cohen, Julie Flaming, Katie Rector, Eric Paine
Hemingway Middle Mary Owens, Elizabeth McCall Doward Harvin
JET Middle Joseph Friar, Laurie Prince Blair Massey
Johnsonville Middle Charlotte Hanna Holly Wall
Kingstree Middle Adrina Wise Charlotte Wise, Mark Wise
Lexington Middle Officer Kim Honeycutt, Mary Rogers, Jeremy Lamberth Jason Hall
Longleaf Middle Rebecca Epting, Richard Fish Joseph Bias
Marrington Middle Steven Sorrell, Angela Johnson, Amber Joyner none
Merriwether Middle Michelle Cain, CharlotteAnn Seawright Blair Massey
Myrtle Beach Middle Karen McKenzie Charles Jordan, Jr.
North Myrtle Beach Middle Brenda Kidd, Susan Hamilton Melissa Frazier, Melanie Nicholson
Ocean Bay Middle Billy Gainus, Elaine Aiken,
Mary Lynn Hope, Marion Touzel
Dominic Starr
Springfield Middle Nancy Mischker, Amy Bartholomew Gary Lemel, Melissa Inzerillo, Johanna Valenzuela
St. Andrews Middle Judy Wright Kate Landess
St. Anne Catholic Jody Murphy Tim Murphy
St. Anthony Catholic Patti Odom, Cris Lekovich, Julie Yarnal Scott Kozacki
St. James Middle Samantha House, Janet Dickinson, Kerry Harrah Robert Bryan
St. Joseph Catholic Lisa Leonard, Sarah Faulds, Laura Flowers Travis Dayhuff, Susan Nelson
Sullivan Middle Melanie Doan, Laura Klaeren, Amy Haynes Stephen Cox, Daniel J. Ballou
Westview Middle Cheryl Brokaw Danny Wilson, Jr.
Whittemore Park Middle Brandon Hooks, Jean Mintz Davis Inabnit
Williams Middle Brad Sponic, Jackie Richardson Hon. Craig Brown

Mock Trial Now on Facebook, Twitter and Google+
Mock Trial is now on various social media sites. Get in the know by checking us out today.

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

We the People: Project Citizen
In-School Competitions Scheduled individually any time prior to 4/12/13
State Showcase (Columbia) April 19, 2013

High School Mock Trial
Regionals (Charleston, Columbia, Conway & Greenville) February 23, 2013
State (Columbia) March 8 and 9, 2013
Nationals (Indianapolis, Indiana) May 9-12, 2013


sro corner (click here to learn more)

Description: Looking for a curriculum that teaches communication and problem solving skills? Community Works is a program targeting middle and high school students that can be implemented in the classroom, after school or in most any other setting. It provides students with a practical understanding of crime and crime prevention that is useful in their everyday lives. It can function as a stand-alone program, or it can be incorporated into a classroom curriculum. The curriculum includes 31 highly interactive session, involves community resource people and includes a service learning/action project component, if desired. This curriculum not only teaches teens to be resources for each other, but to interact positively with community members.

What's New: A one-day training is scheduled for Summer 2013. Click here to learn more.

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

fod (click here to learn more)

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

What's New: A one-day training is planned for Summer 2013. 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: High School Mock Trial competitions are right around the corner on February 23. A total of 51 teams will compete in four regional competitions (Columbia, Conway, Greenville and N. Charleston) with 12 teams advancing to the state competition on March 8 and 9, 2013. The team that wins the state championship round will represent South Carolina at the National High School Mock Trial competition scheduled May 9-12, 2013, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Interested in implementing this program at your school? FREE trainings are available anytime online. An in-person training will be available September 2013. Mock Trial is now on Facebook, Twitter and Google+! Get in the know by checking us out today.

“I think we are really preparing these children for success in college, and I think the competition you plan and manage is second to none … I’m very proud to be associated with the South Carolina Bar’s Mock Trial program.”

—Susan Johnson, Montessori School of Anderson

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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 site is free and adapted for South Carolina youth. There are quizzes, interactive games, cartoons, comics, law documents, links to other law related education sites and a searchable database on South Carolina law and how it affects young people. Students will find the site helpful in research projects and homework assignments, but can also use it to play games and hear first-hand from their peers about law related incidents and how to best handle various situations.

Visit www.lawforkids.org/sc. 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. 

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path
and leave a trail.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

middle school mock trial (click here to learn more)

Description: The Middle School Mock Trial Program is a hands-on exercise in learning about due process. It is a team activity program that is most often conducted as an extracurricular activity, but can also be incorporated into law, forensics or public speaking classes.

What's New: If you thought that Mock Trial was only for high school, then you thought wrong! The 2012 Middle School Mock Trial season just came to a close with a total of 37 schools participating.

Forestbrook Middle School won its third state Mock Trial competition on December 8. Participating students included Holley Black, Calie Glasgow, Ashlyn Herring, Erica Holt, Kasie Ingram, Ashley Jones, Joey Kirkman, Jaida Lankford, Nayah Lewis, Aly Loyd, DeAnna Mason, Ashley Murray, Katelyn Price, Georgette Riviera, Sydny Stegall, Sophie Stevanovich, Lauren Stevens and Cinthia Zavala. The teacher coaches were Lisa Aglietti, Joe Boswell, Stephanie Necessary, April Scott and Joey Trail. The attorney coaches were Scott Hucks and Gene Vaught.

Ocean Bay Middle School was the first runner-up. Participating students included Mikaela Campman, Bailee Carter, Alyssa Conner, Nicole Conner, Michael Corcione, Ela Ender, Natasha Flaten, Will Jordan, Sarah Miller, Kena Patel, Zannah Shockely, Teagan Smith, Kaleigh Tarabek, Christoph Tatgenhorst, Yana Tatgenhorst, Maddie Waddingham, Franky Wong and Jacky Wong. The teacher coaches were Elaine Aiken, Billy Gainus, Mary Lynn Ashby-Hope and Marion Touzel. Their attorney coach was Dominic Starr.

This year, students presented the plaintiff and defense sides of a fictitious case involving Jess McGee v. Kasey Moore. McGee, the owner of a prized bull, sued Moore for negligence after the bull escaped from his/her pasture and was killed in an accident.  Moore denies negligence, claiming the accident was unavoidable, and is suing McGee for the damage caused to the vehicle. The case was presented before a panel of local volunteer lawyers. Additionally, students filled the roles of witnesses and bailiff. Each team was judged on its presentation skills, rather than the legal merits of the case.

Interested in implementing this program at your school? FREE trainings are available anytime online. An in-person training will be available September 2013. Mock Trial is now on Facebook, Twitter and Google+! Get in the know by checking us out today.

It’s Back … the 2013 Middle School Mock Trial Skills Workshop
Sept. 21, 2013

The LRE Division is sponsoring a Middle School Mock Trial Skills Workshop on Saturday, September 21, 2013! This year’s workshop will include general sessions and breakout sessions. It is planned for students to have an opportunity to work with affidavits; role play; analyze video segments; examine rules of evidence; learning courtroom layout and etiquette, making and handling objections; review openings, closings, directs and crosses; and get Mock Trial tips. The goal for all in attendance is to gain Mock Trial experience and skills in a fun learning environment. Teacher and attorney coaches will be able to accompany their students throughout the day. Watch for more information to come.

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 2013 showcase of all completed Project Citizen entries is scheduled for April 19, 2013. In-school presentation dates can be scheduled any time during the school year leading up to the April 19th showcase. Judging of in-school presentations can be arranged with Cynthia H. Cothran at (803) 252-5139 or ccothran@scbar.org.

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.

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: Six teams competed in the 2013 Middle and High School competitions January 10, 2013, in Columbia at Columbia College. The high school winner was Carolina Forest High School. Carolina Forest High School students will represent South Carolina at the national competition in Washington, DC April 26 – 30, 2013. Carolina Forest High School students were Sam Barrett, Caitlyn Brock, Malachi Cleary, Shelby Clemmer, Melinda Custer, Meagan Denny, Kyle Gibson, Austin Goodwin, Logan Hensley, Jordan Kent, Josh Kleman, Oliver Lentz, Andrew McDowell, Erin Naples, Lanie Reudy, Hayden Rothenberg, Danielle Schreoder, Olivia Trio, Tyler Vealy, Ana Viera, Jeremy Walden, Isaac Wathen, Jessica Watts, Ashlynne Weagraff and Alicia Wideman. The teacher coach was JJ Iagulli.

The second through third place high school teams are invited to represent South Carolina at the second Battle of the Carolinas We the People competition on April 12, 2013, in Rock Hill. The runner up teams were Wando High School and Wilson High School.

The winner of the 2013 Middle School State Competition was St. Anthony Catholic School. The middle school team consisted of Nick Anderson, Nathan Guevarra, Mary Kooper, Emily Kozacki, Claire McLeod, Joel Poinsette, Elizabeth Roach, Caroline Spence, Nicole Barber, Elizabeth Frost, Jake Lewis and Cameron Spence. The teacher coach was Patti Odom.

The runner up teams were Dent Middle School and St. Anne Catholic School.

To register for FREE trainings for We the People, click here for dates and registration information.

Ebooks now available for any device
The Center for Civic Education’s We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution textbook and American Legacy pocket constitution are now available through Apple iTunes, Amazon Kindle, Google Play, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble Nook. This means that teachers and students can access We the People through any popular device, such as the iPad, iPhone, iPod, Kindle, PC or Mac. Amazon and Apple offer volume discounts. Click here for more details. In addition, the Center offers low-priced online editions through its We the People Ebooks website. Call the Center at 818-591-9321 for details.

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

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.

“The more that you read, the more things that you will know.
The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”— Dr. Seuss

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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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