Monday, November 18, 2013
Deyron Wadlington of Mount Pleasant completed the Civics and Law Academy at the Charleston School of Law on Nov. 2.
The 2013 Civics and Law Academy at the Charleston School of Law hosted 35 area high school students who engaged in lessons and discussions in a curriculum focused on Constitutions and Constitutionality. The Civics and Law Academy is an American Bar Association program that seeks to educate high school students to be active participants in a democracy. The Office of Diversity Initiatives at the Charleston School of Law implements this educational program in Charleston.
“The students engaged in debates, presentations and a review of the United States Constitution. They studied the history of the Constitution and examined how certain groups of people were denied the right to vote when the Constitution was drafted in 1787 and ratified in 1789,” director of diversity initiatives and professor at the Charleston School of Law, Debra J. Gammons said.
Andy Abrams, dean of the Charleston School of Law, welcomed the students to the Charleston School of Law. He greeted the students with his favorite quotation from Jackie Robinson, “A life is not important except for the impact is has on other lives.” He noted the hardships and triumphs of Jackie Robinson, the famous baseball player. Dean Abrams said that becoming an attorney is an honorable profession that allows people to undertake the goal of making great impacts on the lives of others.
Judge Robert S. Carr closed the academy stating, “The Constitution – The words we live by.” Not only did he emphasize the rule of law, but he also stressed the importance of respect for the law.
Students were taught and participated in activities that stressed the virtues of a democratic government by professors at the Charleston School of Law as well as local attorneys. Current law students explained to the academy members the steps to take to get to law school.
A high school student who is interested in participating in the 2014 Civics and Law Academy should contact the Charleston School of Law Office of Diversity Initiatives.
For more information on the Charleston School of Law Office of Diversity Initiatives, please visit www.charlestonlaw.edu/diversity
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