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President's Message: The State Bar of Nevada and Law-Related Education

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NEVADA LAWYER
EDitoRiAL BoARD Mark a. Hinueber, Chair Gregory R. shannon Patricia D. Cafferata, Chair-elect stephen F. smith Michael t. saunders, Vice-Chair Beau sterling Lisa Wong Lackland, Kristen e. simmons immediate Past Chair scott G. Wasserman erin Barnett Richard D. Williamson Hon. Robert J. Johnston John Zimmerman scott McKenna BoARD of goVERNoRs President: Constance akridge, Las Vegas President-Elect: Frank Flaherty, Carson City Vice President: alan Lefebvre, Las Vegas immediate Past President: Cam Ferenbach, Las Vegas James Bradshaw, Reno elizabeth Brickfield, Las Vegas Laurence Digesti, Reno eric Dobberstein, Las Vegas elana Graham, Las Vegas Vernon (Gene) Leverty, Reno Paul Matteoni, Reno Richard Pocker, Las Vegas Bryan scott, Las Vegas Richard scotti, Las Vegas Mason simons, elko Hon. David Wall (Ret.), Las Vegas ex-officio Dean John Valery White, UNLV Boyd school of Law Richard trachok, Chair Board of Bar examiners
message from the President
connie Akridge, Esq., state Bar of Nevada President
tHe state BaR oF NeVaDa aND LaW-ReLateD eDUCatioN
“Earlier this year the We the People, RDA and Project Citizen programs lost all federal funding when Congress passed a budget that cut $35 million for civics education. ”
In a June 17, 2011 National Review Online article titled “A Bad Case of National Amnesia,” by National Review Editor Rich Lowry,1 Lowry wrote that, according to the 2010 results of the National Assessment of Education Progress, only 35 percent of American fourth-graders knew the purpose of the Declaration of Independence. He noted further that, “Only 20 percent of fourth-graders, 17 percent of eighth-graders and 12 percent of twelfth-graders were proficient in history. More than half of twelfth-graders were categorized as ‘below basic.’” The State Bar of Nevada (SBN) has worked for a number of years to enhance Nevada’s students’ understanding of the law and the legal system by supporting a number of Law Related Education (LRE) programs including Project Citizen, We the People: the Citizen and the Constitution (We the People), Representative Democracy in America, (RDA), Mock Trials and Law Day events. Project Citizen, We the People and RDA are programs administered by the non-profit Center for Civic Education2 and supported in Nevada by SBN. Project Citizen is designed to help children in grades five through nine to work together to accomplish tasks like determining which level of government is best equipped to handle a particular problem. We the People, which benefits fifth-, seventh- and twelfth-grade students, focuses on understanding the Constitution. The We the People curriculum, which supplements the students’ regular civics education, culminates with a mock congressional hearing, where student groups compete to demonstrate their knowledge of the Constitution. For participating high school students, a team from each state, the District of Columbia and the Northern Mariana Islands compete for the championship at a national final in Washington, D.C. RDA is an Internet-based program and a sister program to We the People and Project Citizen, and includes many of the same high-quality, research-based strategies for student engagement. CDs and DVDs are provided to schools without Internet access. This program was specifically added to the state bar LRE program in an effort to reach rural areas. Earlier this year the We the People, RDA and Project Citizen programs lost all federal funding when Congress passed a budget that cut $35 million for civics education. A number of bar associations and other groups, who have worked for years to educate Nevadans about the Rule of Law, in order to create active and responsible citizens through LRE programs, are also facing funding cuts and other challenges. We wondered if bringing all of the LRE providers together– much in the way that the Nevada Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission brought all of the pro bono service providers together–would make some sense in terms of working together to maximize our common goal: providing LRE to young Nevadans.
stAtE BAR stAff Executive Director: Kimberly K. Farmer Bar counsel: David a. Clark Director of finance & information systems: Marc Mersol Director of continuing Legal Education: emily akerberg Director of Admissions: Laura Gould NEVADA LAWYER stAff Publications manager: Jennifer smith (jennifers@nvbar.org) Nevada Lawyer coordinator: Melinda Catren (melindac@nvbar.org) Publications specialist: Christina alberts (christinaa@nvbar.org) gRAPhic DEsigN Georgina Corbalan
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With this in mind, it is exciting indeed to report the formation For more statistics of the Law Related Education on the state bar’s Consortium, which first met on August 9, 2011, and then again LRE programs go on October 13, 2011, under the to www.nvbar.org > leadership of United States District For the Public > Law Court Judge Phil Pro and SBN Related Education Executive Director Kim Farmer. Judge Pro has provided tremendous Programs. LRE leadership for many years, particularly with respect to the We the People and Project Real programs. The consortium’s members include representatives of LRE providers from across the state including the following organizations: 1. SBN, Programs: We the People (5th, 7th & 12th), Mock Trial (9-12), Project Citizen (5th 7th & High School), Law Day (K-12), Representative Democracy in America (K-12th); Leadership: President Connie Akridge, Executive Director Kim Farmer, Law Related Education Coordinator Kathleen Dickenson, LRE Assistant Coordinator Charlie Klosowski and LRE Committee Chair Dan Wong, Esq., past Chair Kimberly Maxson-Rushton and Members: Michael Davidson, Sue Davis, Angela Orr and James Kenyon. SBN Young Lawyers Section (YLS), Programs: Goldilocks (3rd through 5th grade, Coming of Age, Roger Foley Poster and Essay Contest (Middle and High School), Choose Law: A Profession for All; Leadership: YLS Chair Paola Armeni and Jeremy Reichenberg. Clark County Bar Association (CCBA)/Clark County Law Foundation (CCLF): Programs: Trial by Peers (8th-12th); Community Legal Education classes on family law, paternity/ custody, guardianship, small claims, bankruptcy, foreclosure mediation; laws for youth, court DVD to show in waiting rooms informing parents and family members on procedures; Leadership: CCLF President Marti Ashcraft and Program Director Jade Dietrick. Washoe County Bar Association, Programs: Now That You are 18 — A Survival Guide” and “Seniors and the Law — A Guide for Aging Nevadans;” Mock Trial; Leadership: Executive Director Chris Cendagorta and Associate Director Gina MacLellan. Project Real. Programs: Play by the Rules, (7th), Your Day in Court (4th-12th), Foundations of Democracy, Real Drama; Leadership: Executive Director Jane Jensen Saint and Debbie Berger. Access to Justice Commission, Programs: LRE services provided as a component in the delivery of pro bono services statewide; Leadership: Director Kristina Marzec Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, Programs: LRE services provided as a component in the delivery of pro bono services in Southern Nevada; Leadership: Executive Director Barbara Buckley. City of Las Vegas Senior Citizens Law Project, Programs: LRE services provided as a component in the delivery of pro bono services to seniors; Leadership: Executive Director Shari (Sugar) Vogel.
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Boyd School of Law, Programs: Law School Curriculum and Clinical Studies Programs that include LRE components; Leadership: Dean John V. White.
10. Clark County School District (CCSD), Programs: Facilitates LRE programming in the CCSD; Leadership: Project Facilitator, K-12 Social Studies, Curriculum and Professional Development Division Brian Boothe. 11. Washoe County School District (WCSD), Programs: Facilitates LRE programming in the Northern Nevada County School Districts; Leadership: Sue Davis is the K-12 Social Studies Program Coordinator for Washoe County School District and serves as the co-director of Northern Nevada’s Teaching American History Grants. Angela Orr is the Curriculum and Instruction specialist for the federally funded Teaching American History grant and she is the Associate Director of the Northern Nevada Council for the Social Studies. 12. Nevada Department of Education in the Office of Teacher Licensure; Leadership: James Kenyon is the Title II, Part C state administrator, federal subsidy administrator for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) administrator for the review and approval of all state professional development, and administrator of all state approved licensing exams for the Nevada Department of Education in the Office of Teacher Licensure. 13. Juvenile Justice Services, Clark County, Nevada, Programs: Facilitates LRE programming directed toward juveniles; Leadership: Director Fritz Reese. 14. CIM Marketing Partners, Leadership: Darcy Neighbors The consortium discussed the synergies that can be achieved as a group though the coordination of: (i) volunteers (attorney and nonattorney) for speaking, evaluating, judging, coaching, fundraising and teaching; (ii) marketing including the creation of a consortium pamphlet and website with multiple links for volunteers, parents, students, teachers and consortium members, along with organizing road trips to the rural communities for special events; (iii) assessing gaps and redundancies of LRE services statewide; (iv) programming for all age groups; and (v) fundraising. It is indeed an honor to serve on this consortium with such an enthusiastic, creative and thoughtful group! If you would like to participate in LRE and/or your LRE program is not yet part of the consortium and you would like to join the LRE effort, please contact SBN LRE Coordinator Kathleen Dickinson at kathleend@nvbar.org.
1 www.nationalreview.com/articles/269853/bad-case-national-amnesiarich-lowry 2 http://new.civiced.org
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