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Media Advisory:
 Judges to Mentor Montgomery County Students on Civics

Springbrook High School Hosts Civics and Law Academy on November 29

SILVER SPRING, MARYLAND (November 23, 2016) - Maryland judges, attorneys, and other justice officials will help students learn about law and society during the Civics and Law Academy in Montgomery County on Tuesday, November 29.  Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera will be the plenary speaker for the event, which is expected to include approximately 80 students.  During this two-hour session, students from Springbrook High School in Silver Spring will meet with judges and other legal professionals to discuss juvenile rights, criminal law, free speech, and law in the technology age.  News media are invited to attend.

“We have an obligation to our students, who are tomorrow’s leaders, to provide a meaningful understanding of our legal system and the role it plays in our democracy,” said Chief Judge Barbera.  “Our goal is to inspire students to learn and to help them grow into informed young adults.  Informed young adults understand and appreciate the importance of fair and accessible justice for all people through a court system they can trust and in which they can take part.”

The Civics and Law Academy is designed to help high school students gain a better understanding of the law, how U.S. government works, and the roles individuals play in a democracy.  Academy sessions are held during the school year at various locations throughout Maryland.

“Tying in the legal and law-related issues that students deal with on a daily basis sparks lively discussions, which lead to great questions and interesting insights,” said Howard County District Judge Pamila J. Brown, Chair of the Civics and Law Academy for the Maryland Judiciary.

The Civics and Law Academy in Montgomery County is a partnership of the Maryland Judiciary, Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA), Citizenship and Law-Related Education Program (CLREP), the Montgomery County Bar Association, and Montgomery County Public Schools.


EVENT DETAILS

WHO:
Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera, Maryland Court of Appeals, plenary speaker
Judge Michele D. Hotten, Maryland Court of Appeals
Judge Harry C. Storm, Montgomery County Circuit Court; MSBA President; and Co-Chair of the Civics and Law Academy in Montgomery County
Judge John M. Maloney, Montgomery County Circuit Court
Judge Zuberi Williams, Montgomery County District Court
Chief Judge John P. Morrissey, District Court of Maryland
Judge Pamila J. Brown, Howard County District Court; Chair, Civics and Law Academy

John McCarthy, State’s Attorney for Montgomery County

WHAT:
Civics and Law Academy for students at Springbrook High School in Montgomery County; a partnership of the Maryland Judiciary, Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA), Citizenship and Law-Related Education Program (CLREP), and, for the November 29 session, the Montgomery County Bar Association and Montgomery County Public Schools

WHEN:
Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

WHERE:
Springbrook High School
201 Valley Brook Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20904

MEDIA CONTACT:
News media are invited to attend.  Contact the Maryland Judiciary Office of Communications and Public Affairs, 410-260-1488, to attend and to discuss the use of cameras and/or electronic devices.

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