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January 23, 2018
Francine A. Walker; [email protected],
The Florida Bar

On Jan. 25 and 26, The Florida Bar’s Trial Lawyers Section will host the seventh annual Teachers Law School, to help teachers educate their students about the judicial system and its importance. This year’s program will be held in Kissimmee, at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center.

The Teachers Law School was inspired by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, who since her retirement in 2006 has devoted herself to improving civics education. In 2010, the Justice Sandra Day O’Connor Civics Education Act became law in Florida, requiring that civic education content be included in the K-12 language arts curriculum.

To further the purpose of the law, The Florida Bar’s Trial Lawyers Section, through its Executive Council, developed the Teachers Law School. Since 2012, the Teachers Law School has been held annually at different locations in Florida, and hundreds of middle-school and high school civics and social studies teachers have attended.

The workshop lasts two days and includes presentations by lawyers, judges and justices on almost every aspect of the judicial system. Teachers are given tools to educate their students concerning the federal and state courts.

This year’s workshop will feature presentations on the role of the independent lawyer, the right to and history of the civil jury trial, the First Amendment and school issues and the state and federal court systems. Special presentations will include such topics as Bush v. Gore, the Constitution Revision Commission and mock trials in the classroom. Presenters will include Federal Court Judge John Antoon II; former counsel for Al Gore, Benedict Kuehne; and former president of The Florida Bar William J. Schifino, Jr.

This year, with the interest and cooperation of the Florida Association of Social Studies Supervisors, the program expects 130 teachers from throughout the state to attend.

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