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S.C. Bar Young Lawyers to teach students about civics in 25 S.C. schools

May 15, 2014

COLUMBIA (May 15, 2014)—The S.C. Bar Young Lawyers Division (YLD) is holding its third annual iCivics Day on Monday, May 19, to help teach students about civics and inspire them to be leaders in our democracy.

More than 60 YLD attorney volunteers will travel to 25 schools in Berkeley, Charleston, Greenville, Richland, Lexington and York counties to present to more than 2300 elementary and middle school students on the following topics:

· The importance of democracy,
· Separation of powers and federalism, and
· Individual rights and the Bill of Rights

Each presentation will include an informational slideshow and interactive game portion to give students the opportunity to test their knowledge. There will also be time set aside for questions and answers. Judges from the S.C. Circuit Court and S.C. Court of Appeals will also join YLD attorney volunteers in making these presentations.

iCivics is a national, web-based education project designed to teach students about civics and inspire them to be active participants and leaders in our democracy. Members of the S.C. Bar YLD assist with implementing this program throughout South Carolina by planning and sponsoring conferences to teach educators how to use iCivics in their classrooms.

“iCivics is designed to provide kids with an interactive and fun way to learn about civics and how our government works, and YLD is excited to sponsor the third annual iCivics Day in South Carolina this year,” said Lindsay Joyner, co-chair of the YLD iCivics Committee. “The S.C. Bar YLD was the first group in the nation to coordinate a program of this nature and with the help of our generous volunteers, we hope the impact of iCivics Day will extend far beyond the classroom and spur more conversations in the home about being an informed citizen.”

For more information, visit www.scbar.org/yld or contact Lindsay Joyner or ljoyner@gwblawfirm.com or Blaire Camp at bcamp@sccourts.org.

The YLD includes all members of the S.C. Bar under age 36 and those with less than five years membership.

The South Carolina Bar, which has a membership of more than 15,000 lawyers, is dedicated to advancing justice, professionalism and understanding of the law.

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