CLA sees sixth year of academies!
During the 2016-17 academic year, CLAs have been offered in Washington and Montgomery Counties.
Over previous academic years, the following counties have also hosted CLAs: Allegany, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Baltimore City, Calvert, Carroll, Cecil, Charles, Frederick, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George's and Wicomico.
Why Civics & Law?
Academies are designed to develop civic competency, which requires knowledge about the law. Understanding of law and legal issues is essential to understanding the functioning of government, culture, and society. By participating in an Academy, young people gain knowledge, skills, and values needed to function effectively in our pluralistic, democratic society based on the rule of law.
Sessions are led by knowledgeable, civically active judges and lawyers on topics of particular interest to young participants.
Law and Justice: Participants examine the nature and function of law in society and, in particular, in American society. Due process, burden of proof, trial by jury, defensibility, and other popular concepts will be discussed and explored during this session.
Free Speech, School Speech, and Protected Speech: Isn't free speech the freedom of Americans to speak freely? Well, yes....and no. One of our most celebrated constitutional rights is the freedom of speech, but it's fraught with exceptions! Learn how your "rights" depend
Rights and Responsibilities: Constitutionally, the rights of minors are protected; however, their rights are not protected to the same degree as an adult. How do your rights as a "minor" compare with those of adults? How have these rights evolved, and why are they defined differently in the first place?
Power & Empowerment: Participants discuss the concept of power in politics and government, and explore the purpose, authority, and limits of political power. In the context of a democratic government, students consider how "we the people" can be politically engaged and empowered to participate in civic life.
civics & law academy visits patterson charter school
By Tim Tooten
Legal experts visit classroom for lesson on civics, law
Program puts students in touch with real-life legal lessons
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how to BRING cla TO your county...
The Academies are a joint effort of the Maryland State Bar Association, Administrative Office of the Courts, American Bar Association, local school systems, bar associations, and CLREP.
Civic and Law Academies have been offered in most counties over the course of the last 6 years.
Academies are generally scheduled during the week as a half-day conference. Students from schools throughout the local region are invited to attend.
For more information, please give us a call (410-706-5360) or email us (firstname.lastname@example.org)!