Under the leadership of alums from the BBA’s Public Interest Leadership Program (PILP), the BBA is gearing up for the annual Law Day in the Schools Program scheduled to be held on May 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Funded by the Boston Bar Foundation , this public service initiative began in 1986 — to celebrate Law Day and to introduce students to both the legal profession and the role the law has played in shaping our constitutional democracy.
Through this interactive civics program, lawyers donate time to visit classrooms throughout city, teaching elementary, middle school and high school students and leading mock trials focusing on constitutional issues.
The theme for 2012 will be “No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom.” The exercise provided to volunteers will focus on due process and ensuring access to the criminal justice system amid growing state budget constraints. A highlight of the 2012 curriculum developed by the PILP alums will be a mock trial involving stolen property. Students will play the role of the victim, the accused, law enforcement, prosecutor and defense counsel.
Volunteers aim to teach the lesson within a class period, but are flexible to the teacher’s schedules. The BBA provides volunteers with all the written materials for the Program. The commitment for the Program — including preparation, travel and teaching time– is no more than six hours.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, we will be hosting a training on April 24, 2012. To RSVP, please click here.
We would like to thank the following Public Interest Leadership Program alumni for their valuable assistance in developing the Program:
Jewish Community Relations Council
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Choate Hall & Stewart LLP
Nicole Murati Ferrer
City of Boston
Dalton & Finegold, LLP