Friday, November 8, 2013
Thomas Reed Chambers, Nelson A. Correa, Hannah Herman, Elaina Samios, John Albert Meyer, III and Kayla Nicole Butler, all of Summerville, completed the Civics and Law Academy at the Charleston School of Law on November 2.
The 2013 Civics and Law Academy at the Charleston School of Law hosted 35 area high school students who engaged in lessons and discussions in a curriculum focused on Constitutions and Constitutionality. The Civics and Law Academy is an American Bar Association program that seeks to educate high school students to be active participants in a democracy. The Office of Diversity Initiatives at the Charleston School of Law implements this educational program in Charleston.
“The students engaged in debates, presentations, and a review of the United States Constitution. They studied the history of the Constitution and examined how certain groups of people were denied the right to vote when the Constitution was drafted in 1787 and ratified in 1789.” Director of Diversity Initiatives and Professor at the Charleston School of Law, Debra J. Gammons said.
Judge Robert S. Carr closed the Academy stating, “The Constitution – The words we live by.” Not only did he emphasize the rule of law, but he also stressed the importance of respect for the law.
Students were taught and participated in activities that stressed the virtues of a democratic government by professors at the Charleston School of Law as well as local attorneys. Current law students explained to the Academy members the steps to take to get to law school.
A high school student who is interested in participating in the 2014 Civics and Law Academy should contact the Charleston School of Law Office of Diversity Initiatives.