Washington Legal Educator Receives Isidore Starr Award
CHICAGO, Feb. 19, 2004 – Margaret E. Fisher of Seattle, has received the 2004 Isidore Starr Award for Excellence in Law-Related Education, given by the American Bar Association Division for Public Education. The award was presented during the division’s 23rd National Law-Related Education Leadership Seminar in Philadelphia.
Fisher currently serves in the Administrative Office of the Courts for the state of Washington, where she leads its efforts to implement its youth court initiative, delivers law-related education programs for the domestic violence community, and fosters judicial participation in law-related education programs. Since 1988 she has served as the Washington state coordinator for Youth for Justice, a national law-related education program supported by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. She is also an adjunct professor at the Seattle University School of Law.
Fisher has worked in the field of law-related education for more than 25 years. From 1986-87, as Senior Fulbright Scholar, she brought the work of Street Law, Inc., into the African country of Lesotho and wrote a curriculum based on South African law and customary (tribal) law that is still used in South African schools today.
In the United States, her work has supported law-related education in a number of ways. Fisher has developed law-related education curriculum materials that are used nationwide, including the division’s award-winning Youth Court Volunteer Training Curriculum and law-related teaching materials for use in corrections and mental health facilities. She recently updated the 7th edition of the national Street Law materials. In addition, she conducts 80 hours of law-related education classes each year across the country for jail and probation personnel. She has been instrumental in numerous initiatives in the state of Washington to strengthen the quality and reach of law-related education. These initiatives include implementing an intensive judge-teacher pilot project and playing a key role in the creation of the Council on Public Legal Education, housed at the Washington State Bar Association.
The ABA Division for Public Education created the Isidore Starr Award in 1983 to celebrate outstanding achievements in law-related education. The award is named in honor of Isidore Starr of Seattle, a pioneer of law-related education. David A. Collins, a lawyer with General Motors and the ABA National Law Day chair, presented the award to Fisher on Jan. 17.
For more information about the Isidore Starr Award, contact Michelle Parrini at the ABA Division for Public Education at 312/988-5739 or email@example.com.
The ABA Division for Public Education promotes public understanding of the law and its role in society. The division conducts conferences and seminars; publishes periodicals, books, and other resources; sponsors award programs; serves as a national information clearinghouse; and provides technical assistance to educators, lawyers and others.
The American Bar Association is the largest voluntary professional membership association in the world. With more than 400,000 members, the ABA provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, information about the law, programs to assist lawyers and judges in their work, and initiatives to improve the legal system for the public.