Learning to Teach: Preparing for Law Day in the Schools

Before we send more than 100 of our members into the city’s public schools over the next several weeks to teach students about the importance of Miranda Rights, we wanted to acquaint them with their curriculum.

This week, we held a volunteer training and reception to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Law Day in the Schools. During the session, volunteers had the opportunity to hear from Christopher Day, a teacher at Charlestown High School who spoke about the impact the volunteer attorneys have had on his students.

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Chris Day, a teacher at Charlestown High School, gave volunteers an overview of the Boston Public Schools and offered teaching tips to prepare the volunteers for their upcoming sessions.

“They know the (courtroom) drama from TV, but to know they have these rights in real life is a really powerful thing,” Day said.

He added that students “know they matter” when lawyers take time out of their busy professional lives to visit their schools and help them to understand an important legal concept.

“To take the time out of your day shows effort, and they will recognize that effort,” Day said.

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Michael McDermott and Kimberly Calvi (Dain, Torpy, Le Ray, Wiest & Garner, P.C.) will be using the book, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, to teach kindergarteners at the Blackstone Innovation School about the importance of hearing all sides of a story later this month.

After Day addressed them, the attorneys headed into separate sessions to learn about the curriculum for the specific age group they will be teaching. This year’s program will serve over 1,500 students in grades K-12. Younger children will hear the “True Story of the Little Pigs,” which portrays the wolf as a sympathetic character, and conduct a mock trial. Middle and high school students will learn more about the history and case law surrounding Miranda Rights.

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Bruce Falby and Michael McGurk, partners at DLA Piper, led fourth grade students at Samuel Adams Elementary School in East Boston through a mock trial of the big, bad wolf from the story of the Three Little Pigs.

A special thanks to law firms and companies who have adopted a classroom:

Anderson & Kreiger LLP; Arrowood Peters LLP; Barclay Damon, LLP; Beck Reed Riden LLP; Burns & Levinson LLP; Choate Hall & Stewart LLP; Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP; Dain, Torpy, Le Ray, Wiest & Garner, P.C.; DLA Piper LLP; Donoghue Barrett & Singal; Duane Morris LLP; Goulston & Storrs PC; Greenberg Traurig, LLP; Holland & Knight LLP; Krokidas & Bluestein LLP; Locke Lord LLP; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.; Morgan Lewis; Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP; Peabody & Arnold LLP; Posternak Blankstein & Lund LLP; Prince Lobel Tye LLP; Schwartz Hannum P.C.; Sherin and Lodgen LLP; State Street Corporation; Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C.; Sullivan & Worcester LLP; Ropes & Gray LLP; Verrill Dana LLP; Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP; and White and Williams LLP