The award-winning Justice in the Classroom (JIC) civics education program, currently in 28 high schools and middle schools in the Central Virginia region, is moving into new regions of the state, thanks to a generous grant from the Virginia Law Foundation. The VLF’s mission is to promote through philanthropy the rule of law, access to justice and law-related education.
Teacher workshops are being planned in the Tri-Cities Region, Prince George, Surry, Sussex, Southampton, Hampton, and the Eastern Shore. Barbara Schneider, Director of Education, and the Education Committee are also exploring the development of a “jobs in law” program, an elementary school version of JIC and a request for expansion into Fairfax County.
“We have incredible interest and validation. We value our opportunity to help students appreciate the rule of law, the role of the judiciary, the Constitution as the supreme law of the land, and the remarkable life and legacy of Chief Justice John Marshall,” says Schneider.
Most recently, JIC was presented by The Honorable R.B. Campbell, Judge of the Richmond Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court to students at A.P. Hill Middle School, and by The Honorable C.N. Jenkins, Jr., Chief Judge of the Richmond Circuit Court, to students at Richmond’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School.
Board member Debra Prillaman and The Honorable Angela Roberts presented JIC to two eighth-grade blocks at Binford Middle School in December, and The Honorable Catherine C. Hammond and Prillaman presented to students at Lucille M. Brown Middle School, also in December.Category: News & Headlines