September 16, 2016

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Rule of Law Project

The Virginia Department of Education is pleased to announce that The Virginia Bar Association (VBA) and The Virginia Law Foundation (VLF) will sponsor the annual VBA Rule of Law Project in the fall of 2016 and the spring of 2017.  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 educational program materials for the VBA Rule of Law Project consist of:

The Project's curriculum is Web-based (www.thecenterforruleoflaw.orgThis link takes you out of the Virginia Department of Education website ), and its educational materials have been developed by educators, administrators, parents, judges, and lawyers in collaboration with local school officials.

If you have administrative questions regarding the VBA Rule of Law Project, please contact Lori Lord, Chief Staff Attorney, Supreme Court of Virginia, by email at LLord@courts.state.va.us.  Education questions regarding the content of the project should be directed to H. Timothy Isaacs, Director of Education, Center for Teaching the Rule of Law, by email at tisaacs@thecenterforruleoflaw.org or by telephone at (540) 375-5776. 

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