Civics program helps teach students about law and society
This spring, judges from Maryland’s courts and lawyers led the last two sessions of the Civics and Law Academy for the 2012-2013 school year. Harford County students met at the North Harford High School in April, and in May, a session for students from Anne Arundel County was held at the Judiciary Education and Conference Center in Annapolis. During the sessions, students joined together with legal experts to explore a variety of topics including juvenile rights, criminal law, free speech and law in the technology age.
“Students are active members of our society; therefore, it is essential that they have an understanding of law and legal issues,” said Howard County District Judge Pamila J. Brown. Judge Brown heads the Judiciary committee that is hosting the program in partnership with the Maryland State Bar Association, the Citizenship and Law-Related Education Program and the American Bar Association.
“The Academy provides a chance for young people to take part in an intensive program to start to gain the knowledge, skills, and values needed to participate fully and effectively in our pluralistic, democratic society.”