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Law Related Education Committee Programs

Fairfax County now has the 12th largest enrollment of students in the country with over 166,000 students. There are approximately 137 elementary schools, 26 middle schools, 25 high schools and 5 alternative schools in the County. There is a great need for a school district of this size to appeal to the community in a cooperative effort to educate the children in a thorough and comprehensive way regarding all aspects of life.

 

The Fairfax Bar Association Law Related Education Committee (LREC) is active in numerous programs designed to educate the school children of Fairfax County regarding the legal system and the role of the judicial branch of the government. The LRE is also active in providing information to the school children regarding the legal and medical consequences of drug and alcohol abuse, the legal consequences of gang related activities, and gives the students an opportunity to participate in legal proceedings. The LREC also is dedicated to providing the teachers of Fairfax County with the information and tools needed to inform students of their constitutional rights and of legal issues facing children today, including discrimination and domestic issues.

 

The LREC's goal is to improve every student's understanding of the justice system and clarify the student's rights and responsibilities in society through its numerous programs. Currently, the planning and implementation of all of the programs is done by volunteer attorneys.

The FBA and the LRE Committee would like to thank all those who volunteered during the past school year. 

Court Tour Program

One of the most successful programs offered to all eighth grade students of Fairfax County is the Court Tour Program. Fifty-two tours are scheduled throughout the school year for approximately 2,000 students of the 26 middle schools that include tours of the Juvenile and Domestic Court, the General District Court, and the Circuit Court of Fairfax County. LREC members serve as guides for the tours.  The Court Tour Program is also offered to private, parochial and homeschool students in the county.  Many high schools also visit the courthouse as a part of their business law, government or law in action classes.

 

The LREC's Children's Plays project presents a choice of mock trials performed by members of LREC to elementary school children during the course of the school year. The LREC has also videotaped four of the plays and they are offered to all schools through the Media Network of the school system. They are also broadcast via cable throughout the school year. Requests from all over the country have come in for these videotapes as they offer a brief mock trial with a teacher's guide.

 

Since 1995, the Fairfax Law Foundation has sponsored the Court Tour Program. 

 

Speaker's Bureau

In this program, attorneys are provided to those classrooms participating in the Court Tour program in order to supplement the program and to reach those students who were not included on the tour, and to high school business law, government classes and law in action classes  to speak on a variety of legal issues. The LREC reaches about 15 area high schools with this program.

 

Each year, the Law Related Education Committee takes on new programs and responds to numerous requests from the community for lawyer interaction with school systems and community groups. We are proud to be such a vital part of our community and we can only continue our success with the help of volunteers like you.
Please contact Courtnie Norris at cnorris@fairfaxbar.org or 703-246-2732 for more information.

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