About Justice Teaching
State and national surveys frequently suggest that Americans in general know little about the operation of the American justice system, and they do not understand the basic principles underlying our constitutional institutions and structures.
With this in mind, a major effort has been galvanized to further law-related education in the State of Florida. The name of the effort is Justice Teaching, an initiative of Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice R. Fred Lewis. The ultimate goal of this program is to pair a legal professional with every elementary, middle, and high school in the state of Florida.
The program aims to benefit students in the following ways: promote an understanding of Florida's justice system and our laws, develop critical thinking abilities and problem solving skills, and demonstrate the effective interaction of our courts within the constitutional structure.
Justice Teaching is governed by a Select Committee. Appointed by the Chief Justice, the members of the Select Committee consist of judges from each of Florida's five appellate districts and twenty judicial circuits.
In addition, the Select Committee membership includes representatives of The Florida Bar, the Florida Association of District School Superintendents, and the Florida Law Related Education Association. The District Courts of Appeal judge from each of the five districts will serve as the lead contact for that region.
Volunteers are needed to partner with local schools and serve as resource persons in the classroom. If you enjoy working with students and helping teach about the courts, our governmental structure, and the Constitution, we welcome your help.
You will be contributing to an ongoing exercise in democracy and helping our next generation become better prepared to understand, protect, and improve our institutions of democracy.
Volunteers may select a particular grade level or school to be partnered with. A time commitment of no more than two hours a month will be needed. Activities and lessons will be provided via a secure web site.
Training will be held throughout the year at Bar conventions as well as local venues. See the calendar page for details.
Please sign up using the Justice Teaching Volunteer form. We welcome you and appreciate your assistance.
For more information, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Florida Supreme Court's Law Related Education and Outreach Coordinator, at 850-414-6106.