Lawyers

The State Bar of Michigan was instrumental in the creation of MCCE in 1982, and along with the Michigan State Bar Foundation has provided ongoing support for LRE in Michigan. In 2009, the State Bar convened a Law-Related Education Summit and published a plan to Expand and Deepen Law Related Education In Michigan– the State Bar’s Role.

The State Bar of Michigan Law-Related Education Committee is an excellent source of materials and programs for lawyers.

Lawyers can assist teachers in many ways, as liaisons to the legal community, as content experts for teachers, and as classroom presenters. Many excellent resources have been developed specifically for lawyers to make interactive presentations in the classroom, K-12.

If you would like to invite a lawyer to present in your classroom but are not sure where to start, try these directories:

Local Bar Associations
https://www.michbar.org/resources/localspecialbar

Trial Court Directory
http://courts.mi.gov/Self-help/Directories/Pages/Trial-Court-Directory.aspx

State Bar Member Directory
https://www.michbar.org/memberdirectory/home

MCCE developed resources for Classroom TLC: Teachers Lawyers Children in Partnership which paired lawyers with a class of elementary students for an entire year.

The American Bar Association has many publications with lessons, tips, and ideas for lawyers and judges going into classrooms.

MCCE recommends:

Sure-Fire Presentations I and II

shop.americanbar.org/eBus/store.aspx
These booklets offer a variety of one-session, easy-to-use classroom strategies for lawyers for teaching elementary and secondary students about the law.

Lawyers Helping Young People Become Good Citizens Series

Making Rules and Laws, Resolving Conflicts, Influencing Public Policy, Serving the Community.

Each of these four booklets includes lessons for lawyers to use with students, K-12. Materials include Lawyers Pages, Teacher’s Pages, and Student’s Pages.

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