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For Immediate Release CONTACT:

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Terri Bolling
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Media Advisory
Judiciary Hosts “Civics and Law Academy” for Prince George’s County High School Students

(OXON HILL, Md. – Jan. 10, 2012) On Tuesday, Jan. 17, judges from Maryland’s courts will go back into the classroom to share their expertise and personal experiences to help area students learn about law and society. The program, the Civics and Law Academy, provides students with a chance to meet face-to-face with judges and other legal professionals who bring a unique perspective to the importance of becoming active participants in our democracy.

The Jan. 17 session will be held at the Oxon Hill Staff Development Center, and will include students from Surrattsville, Potomac and Central high schools in Prince George’s County. It is the second of three sessions planned for the current school year at various locations in Maryland.

The Civics and Law Academy is designed to help high school students gain a better understanding of the law, which helps them develop civic competency. Some of the topics include juvenile rights, criminal law, free speech, and the law in the age of technology.

The judges and legal professionals will be joined by special guest Mary Beth Tinker who, as a junior high school student in 1969, wore an armband to school to protest the Vietnam War in school. That protest led to a lawsuit that wound its way to the United States Supreme Court – Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, – and the Court’s decision defined the constitutional rights of students in U.S. public schools and is still used by courts today to determine whether a school's disciplinary actions violate students' First Amendment rights.

“Students are active members of our society; therefore, it is essential that they have an understanding of law and legal issues,” said Howard County District Judge Pamila J. Brown. Judge Brown heads the Judiciary committee that is hosting the program in partnership with the Maryland State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. “How can you hope to function in our society, which is based on the Rule of Law, if you don’t learn civics? The Academy provides a chance for young people to take part in an intensive program to start to gain the knowledge, skills, and values needed to participate fully and effectively in our pluralistic, democratic society.”


Civics and Law Academy for Prince George’s County High School Students
A partnership of the Maryland Judiciary Public Awareness Committee and the Maryland Bar Association’s Citizenship and Law-Related Education Program (CLREP)


Tuesday, Jan. 17
8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

WHERE: Oxon Hill Staff Development Center
7711 Livingston Rd.
Oxon Hill, Md. 20745

Judge Pamila J. Brown, Chair, Judiciary Public Awareness Committee
Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Robert M. Bell will provide welcoming remarks.


Call the Office of Communications and Public Affairs, 410-260-1488, to attend (and to discuss the use of cameras and/or electronic devices).


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