COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education
July 30, 2010
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction
I am pleased to announce that The Virginia Bar Association (VBA) and The Virginia Law Foundation (VLF) will sponsor the third annual VBA Rule of Law Project in fall 2010 and spring 2011. The VLF is providing $2,500 grants to local bar associations to assist in the implementation of the VBA Rule of Law Project in local school divisions. Begun as a pilot project in 2009, the VBA’s Rule of Law Project is an educational program taught by volunteer citizen lawyers and judges in Virginia, and is specifically designed to enhance the teaching of the rule of law to middle school civics students in public and private schools throughout the state. The purpose of this one-day educational program is to better inform middle school students about the role of the rule of law as the foundation for our representative form of government and to provide them with information that will make them more active and engaged citizens.
The educational program materials for the VBA Rule of Law Project consist of:
The project and related materials have been developed by educators, administrators, parents, judges, and lawyers in collaboration with local school officials. All materials are aligned to the Virginia Standards of Learning for Civics and Economics.
The VBA Rule of Law Project is funded by a partnership grant from The Virginia Law Foundation. A link to The Virginia Bar Association’s Rule of Law Project may be found at www.ruleoflaw-vba.org.
If you have administrative questions regarding the VBA Rule of Law Project, please contact G. Michael Pace, law coordinator, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at (540) 983-9312. Education questions regarding the content of the project should be directed to Timothy Isaacs, education coordinator, by e-mail at email@example.com or by telephone at (540) 353-9807; or for further information, please contact Dr. Beverly Thurston, coordinator of history and social sciences, by e-mail at Beverly.Thurston@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 225-2893.