COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

PRINS. MEMO NO. 58
September 24, 2002

ELEMENTARY / MIDDLE / SECONDARY

TO:

Principals

 

FROM:

Patricia I. Wright

Assistant Superintendent for Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers provides free school programs

 

 

The Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers, an arm of the Virginia State Bar, provides five free programs to Virginia schools.

 

1.  The Peer Mediation Project informs middle and high school students of the importance of learning how to manage conflict. The Young Lawyers Conference provides a forum with set standards and guidelines on how to handle conflict resolution. This program allows students to mediate disputes that occur in school with the guidance of the staff at the schools and the assistance of young lawyers. Contact Kellye Curtis Clarke, at (703) 549-9800.

 

2.  The Diversity Tolerance Initiative is designed for lawyers to help strengthen the diversity that makes our democratic society thrive by promoting respect among children for those who look different, act different or share different beliefs through separate projects for third grade and high school juniors and seniors:

 

a.  The Welcome to School: Helping Kids Belong Program is presented to third-grade classes by a lawyer. The goal of this project is to promote the ideas of respect, consideration and kindness. Contact Savalle C. Sims at (202) 857-8948.

b.  The Taking Hate Out of the Classroom Program is designed for junior and senior high school students as part of the Hate Crimes and Violence Outreach program offered by the American Bar Association. Through this program, lawyers lead discussions with students about hate and bias acts and crimes. Contact Jennifer McClellan at (804) 788-8571.

 

3.  The General Assembly Project organizes guided tours of the State Capitol, Supreme Court of Virginia and/or the Library of Virginia for Virginia middle school students. Arrangements are sometimes made for students to have lunch with a legislator from their district. Contact Savalle C. Sims at (202) 857-8948.

 

4.  The So You are 18 Project provides a handbook for students that highlights the ways in which an individuals legal rights and responsibilities change as they reach 18 and move into the world of adulthood. The handbook includes information on voting, military service, jury duty, and criminal charges. It also provides information on landlord/tenant issues, marriage and divorce, employment, credit, consumer rights, and wills. Contact Kellye Curtis Clarke at (703) 549-9800.

 

For further information, please contact Colleen C. Bryant (cbryant@mail.vak12ed.edu), history and social science specialist for secondary education, at (804) 786-4640.

 

PIW/CCB