Welcome to the spring 2016 edition of LRE News!
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Welcome to LRE News! We hope this newsletter is a useful tool for 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.

national news

Celebrate Constitution Day 2016 – September 16th
  • 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 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. Read More »

state news
Mock Trial Coaches’ Manual and Handbook
Looking for a resource to help you with Mock Trial? The LRE Division is unveiling the 2016-17 Mock Trial Coaches’ Manual for Attorneys and Teachers. This is a fabulous reference manual for coaches of all experience levels. The manual does not replace the competition handbook packed with competition rules and modified rules of evidence. The manual includes general guidelines regarding the roles of teachers and attorneys, tools for the classroom, lesson plans, handouts, tests and more. Read More »

Mock Trial Competition Registration is now OPEN!
LRE is proud to announce that Middle School and High School Mock Trial returns for yet another wonderful year and we are excited to open the registration for competition!  We invite public, private and home schools throughout the state to participate in the 2016-17 Mock Trial Competition Season. Read More »

Mock Trial Applications:
The Mock Trial applications are available online. Read More »

Project Citizen Training
Attend a Project Citizen training and learn how to engage students in the public policy. We the People: Project Citizen is a curricular program for upper elementary, middle and high school grade 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. Read More »

We the People Competition Registration is now OPEN
The 2016-17 school year is starting, and with it the beginning of a new We the People season! The We the People program is expanding, and regional competitions have been added this year in Charleston, Columbia and Conway on Thursday, January 5, 2017. Read More »

From the We the People Classroom
– Teacher, Georgia Holley - Scholars Academy

“I first became involved with the We the People (WTP) program in 2002. Over the last 14 years I have employed the curriculum in U.S. History and U.S. Government classes and taught the content in a stand-alone course. I have taken students to the state competition eight times and my students won on six of those occasions. For several years, I have had the opportunity to serve as a judge at the state level and as a timekeeper at nationals. It has also been my pleasure to share the curriculum with other teachers in my state. At one time I was the WTP coordinator for my congressional district and I currently serve as a teacher mentor for the James Madison Legacy Project in South Carolina. Read More »

Law for Young Adults Resource Available
The Law for Young Adults Resource for students preparing to turn 18 is available. This is a fabulous resource with over 30 topics relating to teenagers turning into adults. Read More »

Competition Dates for 2016-17
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Upcoming Events

Law for Teachers
Webinars, Always Accessible

Mock Trial
Training, September 15

Project Citizen
Training, Sept. 21

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

LRE Staff

Cynthia H. Cothran
LRE Director
Oversees all programs

Marian Kirk
LRE Program Coordinator II
Supports all programs and competitions

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

LRE programs are made possible with the support of the South Carolina Bar Foundation's IOLTA grant and the South Carolina Bar.