Lawyers e-Journal

Thursday, Mar. 1, 2007

Volunteer for the MBA's new Lawyer-Teacher Partnership Initiative

The MBA is currently seeking volunteers to participate in the pilot of an exciting new program focusing on law-related education and civics in high schools. The Lawyer-Teacher Partnership program will pair attorneys with teachers of high school law-related courses to strengthen those classes and to expose young people to possible careers in the law. The pilot program for this initiative will begin with an orientation session for volunteer lawyers and their teacher partners in Waltham at Bentley College on Thursday, April 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with a goal of implementing the program in schools during the fall semester of the 2007-08 school year.

During the semester in which the program is implemented, each lawyer will commit to making a minimum of two classroom visits and a minimum of one community-based activity. A community-based activity could include, for example, a field trip to a local court, observation of a legislative session, meeting with agency staff or a law-related service learning project. The lawyer and teacher will commit to ongoing communication during the period of the program. Some of the communication will be directed toward planning for the community-based activity. In addition, the lawyer will agree to accept e-mails from time to time from the class about a legal question that has arisen that the teacher is unable to answer. The lawyers will agree to provide reasonably quick responses to these questions and the teachers agree to avoid overburdening their lawyer partners with questions.

To volunteer for this program, please contact the Community Services Department at (617) 338-0695, or [e-mail communityservices].

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