American Bar Association Announces Civic Education Commission
WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 6, 2010 — The American Bar Association launched a national civic education initiative with the inaugural meeting of the ABA Commission on Civic Education in the Nation’s Schools, held today in Washington, D.C.
The commission was appointed by ABA President Stephen N. Zack, who challenged the group to serve as an advocate for civic education in American schools.
“None of us are born with an understanding of the law or our system of government — it must be taught. Lawyers can use their training and education to ensure that every young American knows basic civics. The future of our country depends on it,” Zack said.
The commission will shape and guide the ABA’s long-term efforts to encourage lawyers to ensure that all students experience high-quality civic learning. Zack has identified three initial approaches for the commission’s work: national civics and law academies, a national civics test and advocacy for civic education.
The 20-member commission includes distinguished lawyers and judges, educators, organizational leaders and prominent professionals who share a commitment to civic education. Paulette Brown, Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge, Madison, N.J.; and Marna Tucker, Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell, LLP, Washington, D.C., are co-chairs of the commission. Retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor will serve as a special advisor.
With nearly 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.
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