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Newsletter Articles From 2015

2015 ISBA High School Mock Trial Invitational By Sarah Taylor June 2015 A recap of this important annual event.
2015 ISBA High School Mock Trial Invitational By Sarah Taylor March 2015 The 2015 ISBA High School Mock Trial Invitational will be held on March 14 and 15, 2015, at the University of Illinois’ College of Law in Champaign.
800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, the great charter of liberty By MaryLou Lowder Kent June 2015 The Magna Carta has resonated throughout the centuries and across the globe as no other legal text and has been hailed as one of the most significant documents in English history. It has served as the basis for the principle that no one, including kings and presidents, is above the law and that the right to due process of law belongs to everyone.
Arbitration and mediation: Alternate ways to resolve conflicts By Sandra Lin Sweeney September 2015 An overview of the different forms of alternative dispute resolution.
Chair’s column By Raquel G. Martinez September 2015 A message from LRE Committee Chair Rocky Martinez.
Chair’s comments By Hon. Michael J. Chmiel March 2015 A message from the Committee's Chair.
Chair’s gratitude By Hon. Michael J. Chmiel June 2015 Hon. Mike Chmiel shares his thoughts and thanks for the Committee's work this past year.
Check out these two ABA Web sites for good ideas to improve your programs June 2015 Make sure to visit these sites to give your programs a boost!
Civics education advances through LRE By Hon. Michael J. Chmiel September 2015 Former LRE Committee Chair Mike Chmiel provides an update on the work of the Civics Education Subcommittee.
Civics in action: The Jacksonville Turner Walking Tour By Stephen Douglas Iden March 2015 For the last 19 years, every September, the 7th graders of the Turner School in Jacksonville, Illinois, go on the annual Historic Walking Tour. The students go to several locations across Jacksonville as part of a living history experience.
Civics in our schools (Homes and communities) 2015 By Sandra Lin Sweeney June 2015 The author considers civics education in schools and whether and how more students can become engaged.
Constitution Day resources By Suzanne J. Schmitz September 2015 Need a resource for Constitution Day, September 17, 2015? Or want some resources when teaching about the U.S. Constitution, U.S. history or civics?
Editor’s column By Hon. Edward J. Schoenbaum, Jr. September 2015 An introduction and call for articles from Editor Ed Schoenbaum.
Jesse Paul Padilla—Someone you should know By Todd C. Miller June 2015 Learn more about this dynamic and inspirational attorney.
Levee campaign raises deluge of questions: Residents of the Bottoms to Participate in New SIU media project By Peter Lemish March 2015 “Civic Soul,” a new project of SIU Carbondale’s Imagining Geographies, launched on Friday, February 27 with a community event at Shawnee High School in Wolf Lake, Illinois.
Magna Carta is 800 years old—Still time to celebrate September 2015 Teachers may enjoy a free downloadable activity guide about the Magna Carta, available from the American Bar Association. Although the guide was prepared for the May 1, 2015 Law Day celebrations, the activities it suggests for school youth are useful year-round.
Model Illinois Government By Hon. Edward J. Schoenbaum, Jr. June 2015 This spring nearly 300 students participated in the Model Illinois Government simulation, and gained more experience in a weekend than they could have in a semester of classes.
So you’re going to court—Understanding the difference between civil and criminal cases By Kateah McMasters March 2015 An overview of the legal system in Illinois.
Video: ‘You Be the Judge’ gives students first-hand view of sentencing September 2015 An innovative U.S. courts program is teaching students about federal sentencing decisions from a unique perspective: the judge’s bench.