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Street Law program provides education strategies to Missouri teachers

From lesson plans to seminars and trainings, The Missouri Bar is committed to helping teachers throughout the state better understand and explain the law. This week, the bar co-sponsored Federal Courts and Constitutional Controversies, a Street Law Workshop at the Thomas Eagleton Courthouse in St. Louis.

During the two-day session, held Feb. 12-13, 35 teachers from across Missouri learned about the judiciary and current cases being considered by the United States Supreme Court—including the Fourth Amendment’s applicability to cellphones, the First Amendment’s consistency with anti-discrimination laws and the 14th Amendment’s impact on apportionment and redistricting. The workshop also provided extensive information on teaching strategies and allowed participants to serve as attorneys and judges in a moot court exercise.

Dr. Anthony Simones, director of citizenship education at The Missouri Bar, served as a program presenter and said he was excited about the bar’s continued collaboration with Street Law.

“Street Law focuses on the things that are important to our Citizenship Education program: providing teachers with interesting and relevant material and empowering them to engage with students and encourage critical thought and analysis,” Simones said.

Other session leaders included Megan Hanson, chief program officer at Street Law; Stephen Davis of Arent Fox; U.S. District Judge Ronnie White; U.S. District Judge Audrey Fleissig; Assistant Federal Public Defender Robert Wolfrum; Assistant U.S. Attorney Gwen Carrol; and Rachel Marshall, public education and community outreach administrator for the United States Courts.

In addition to The Missouri Bar, the event was sponsored by the United States District Court, the Judicial Learning Center, the Federal Practice Memorial Trust and the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. Simones worked with Megan Hanson and Rachel Marshall to plan and coordinate the event.

Click here to see all of The Missouri Bar’s teacher resources and here to learn more about Street Law.

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