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Terri Bolling  
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Media Advisory
Judiciary Hosts “Civics and Law Academy” for Area High School Students

(BALTIMORE – Oct. 12, 2011) On Saturday, Oct. 15, judges from Maryland’s courts will go back into the classroom to share their expertise and personal experiences to help area students learn about law and society. The program, the Civics and Law Academy, provides students with a chance to meet face-to-face with judges and other legal professionals who bring a unique perspective to the importance of becoming active participants in our democracy.

The Oct. 15 session will be held at Chesapeake High School, and will include students from Baltimore County’s Chesapeake, Dundalk, Patapsco, and Kenwood high schools. It is the first of three sessions planned for the current school year at various locations in Maryland.

The Civics and Law Academy is designed to help high school students gain a better understanding of the law, which helps them develop civic competency. Some of the topics include juvenile rights, criminal law, free speech, and the law in the age of technology.

“An understanding of law and legal issues is essential to understanding the functioning of politics, culture, and society,” said Howard County District Judge Pamila J. Brown. Judge Brown heads the Judiciary committee that is hosting the program in partnership with the Maryland State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. “How can you hope to function in our society, which is based on the Rule of Law, if you don’t learn civics? The Academy provides a chance for young people to take part in an intensive program to start to gain the knowledge, skills, and values needed to participate fully and effectively in our pluralistic, democratic society.”

WHAT:

Civics and Law Academy at Chesapeake High School
A partnership of the Maryland Judiciary Public Awareness Committee and the Maryland Bar Association’s Citizenship and Law-Related Education Program (CLREP)

   
WHO:

Judge Pamila J. Brown, Chair, Judiciary Public Awareness Committee
Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Robert M. Bell will provide welcoming remarks

   
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 15
9 a.m.-noon
   
WHERE:

Chesapeake High School
1801 Turkey Point Rd.
Essex, Md. 21221

   
CONTACT:

Call the Office of Communications and Public Affairs, 410-260-1488, to attend (and to discuss the use of cameras and/or electronic devices)

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