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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 Frederick County High School Students

(FREDERICK, Md. – Feb. 27, 2012) On Saturday, March 3, 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 March 3 session will be held at Oakdale High School in Ijamsville, and will include students from Oakdale, Linganore, Middletown, Frederick, Tuscarora, and Urbana high schools in Frederick County. It is the last of three sessions held during 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.

“How can you hope to function in our society, which is based on the Rule of Law, if you don’t learn civics?” 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.

“Students are active members of our society; therefore, it is essential that they have an understanding of law and legal issues,” Judge Brown said. “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.”

WHAT Civics and Law Academy for Frederick 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)
WHO Judge Pamila J. Brown, Chair, Judiciary Public Awareness Committee
Presenters include:
Maryland State Bar Association President Henry Dugan
Judge Theresa M. Adams, Frederick County Circuit Court
Judge William Nicklas, Frederick County Circuit Court
Judge Oliver John Cejka, Frederick County District Court
Judge Pamela J. White, Baltimore City Circuit Court
WHEN: Saturday, March 3
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
WHERE: Oakdale High School
5850 Eaglehead Drive
Ijamsville, Md. 21754

CONTACT:   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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