TAMPA – The Teachers’ Law School, a program designed for middle school and high school civics educators, is providing great insight into the legal system to more than 80 teachers encompassing a five county area including Hillsborough, Pinellas, Polk, Manatee and Sarasota. Presented by the Trial Lawyers Section of The Florida Bar and sponsored by the ABOTA Foundation, the second annual Teachers’ Law School was held at the Tampa Waterside Marriott in downtown Tampa in conjunction with the semi-annual Florida Bar meeting.
The program’s goal is to educate and inspire teachers concerning the judicial branch of the government and to give them the tools to help their students better understand and appreciate the value of the American civil and criminal legal systems and the role those systems play in students’ lives and in society. Statistics have shown that more than half of high school graduates in America don’t know the three branches of government. Through ABOTA’s Teachers’ Law School, members of the bench and the bar, come together to share practical realities of the civil and criminal law procedures and systems that protect students, their parents, their teachers, and all Americans.
“The Teachers’ Law School is all about giving a renewed respect to the judicial system and lawyers in general,” says Ted Eastmoore, Chair of The Trial Lawyers Section of The Florida Bar. He adds,“In my 30 years plus years of Bar related work, this is the best thing we have done.”