ABOTA Foundation Receives Texas Bar Foundation Grant For Teachers Law School Program

26 Nov 2014
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DALLAS, Nov. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Foundation of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) received a grant of $10,000 from the Texas Bar Foundation to support a new curriculum guide for its Teachers Law School program. The guide is being developed in collaboration with the American Bar Association (ABA), Division of Public Education, to address the topics of separation of powers, independence of the judiciary, 7th Amendment and trial by jury, and the Federal and state court systems.  The guide also includes synopses of more than 100 lesson plans to teach these topics, all of which have been vetted by the ABA.

Texas is the founding location of the Teachers Law School, which provides teachers with a crash course in the legal system. The Teachers Law School is designed for middle and high school government, social studies, history, law and civics educators. Through presentations and discussions on current legal issues, the Teachers Law School gives teachers the tools to help students understand and appreciate the American civil and criminal legal systems and the role they play in students' lives and society.  The new curriculum guide will provide additional core knowledge on the judicial system for teachers and their students.

Teachers Law Schools have been held in Texas since 2009 and the program has branched out into multiple states. In 2014 alone, nearly 500 teachers nationwide participated in the law school.

"Educating young people about the Constitution and the "We the People" participatory role of engaged citizens is at the core of our mission," said Michael P. Maguire, ABOTA Foundation President. "We are delighted to have the support of the Texas Bar Foundation as we create a core curriculum for the Teachers Law School."

Since its inception in 1965, the Texas Bar Foundation has awarded more than $15 million in grants to law-related programs. Supported by members of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Bar Foundation is the nation's largest charitably-funded bar foundation.

The American Board of Trial Advocates, founded in Texas in 1958, is a professional organization dedicated to defending the American civil justice system.  With a membership of 7,200 experienced attorneys representing both plaintiffs and defendants in civil cases (including more than 1,400 members in Texas), ABOTA is uniquely qualified to speak for the value of the constitutionally-mandated jury system as the protector of the rights of persons and property.

The ABOTA Foundation was established in 1992 to provide education to the American public about the right to trial by jury and to promote the professional education of trial attorneys.

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