Superintendent’s Memo #230-13

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

August 30, 2013

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT:  Rule of Law Project

I am pleased to announce that the Virginia Law Foundation (VLF) and the Virginia Bar Association (VBA) will sponsor the annual VLF/VBA Rule of Law Project in fall 2013 and spring 2014.  As a pilot project in 2009, the 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 free, 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 VLF/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 VLF/VBA Rule of Law Project is funded by a partnership grant from the Virginia Law Foundation.  A link to the Rule of Law Project may be found at

If you have administrative questions regarding the VLF/VBA Rule of Law Project, please contact G. Michael Pace, Jr., law coordinator, by e-mail at or by telephone at (540) 520-1915.  Education questions regarding the content of the project should be directed to H. Timothy Isaacs, education director, by e-mail at or by telephone at (540) 206-2823; or for further information, please contact Christonya Brown, coordinator of history and social sciences, by e-mail at or by telephone at (804) 225-2893.