New Jersey’s Teacher of the Year, Jeanne DelColle, will share her award-winning talents on Friday, March 2, when she conducts special civics workshops on behalf of the New Jersey State Bar Foundation at Rutgers School of Law-Newark. Her extracurricular teaching assignment is part of the school’s annual daylong Law Day program designed to expose high school students to the field of law.
“I am super excited,” said Ms. DelColle. “Tying law and civics together is important because young people need to see the connections, the big picture. This is a wonderful opportunity for the students to see that what they do matters, that through good citizenship they can effect positive change in the world. I hope I can inspire them to realize they have that power.”
The social studies teacher will address, in successive groups, more than 100 urban teens enrolled in Street Law, an educational program sponsored by the Foundation, on various aspects of the law including the Constitution, freedom, justice and individual rights and responsibilities. The workshops are part of the Foundation-supported American Bar Association’s Civics and the Law initiative, which seeks to engage young people of diverse backgrounds in the law and prepare them to be full participants in a democratic society.
Law Day’s activities also include a presentation by John J. Farmer, Jr., dean of the law school, and an actual law school class taught by a professor.
Founded in 1958, the New Jersey State Bar Foundation is the educational and philanthropic arm of the New Jersey State Bar Association. The Bar Foundation’s mission is to promote public understanding of the law through a free, comprehensive public education program. Among its activities, the Foundation conducts seminars and conflict resolution training, publishes materials, operates a videotape loan library and speakers bureau, and coordinates elementary, middle and high school mock trial competitions. For more information about the Foundation’s programs and publications, visit online at www.njsbf.org or call 1-800-FREE-LAW.