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September 18, 2014

Advancing Civics Education Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association to Hold Second Annual Meeting and Free CLE

ACE Logo Attorneys, judges, and leaders of the Philadelphia legal community will join for Philadelphia Bar Association's Advancing Civics Education (ACE) Committee's Second Annual Meeting from 12-3 p.m. on Wednesday, September 24. The event will be held at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, in the Wanamaker Building. at 100 East Penn Square, Philadelphia, PA 19107. The program has been approved for two hours of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) for Pennsylvania attorneys. The CLE credits are free courtesy of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

During the A.C.E program, attendees will participate in a day of activities and programming based on the theme "Practical Methods to Inform Juveniles about Constitutional Rights and Limitations." During the event, attendees will undergo two hours of Continuing Legal Education: one hour of ethics and one hour of substantive law. The program will take an in-depth look at legal precedents concerning search and seizure in schools, a lawyer's responsibility to take part in pro bono representation, and logistics concerning such representation. Following this, volunteers will break into four groups to demonstrate lessons concerning law and civic education.

"An understanding of the fundamental principles of citizenship, democracy and dispute resolution is vital to the success of future generations," said William P. Fedullo, Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association. "A.C.E. programming brings civics to life for Philadelphia students and complements the hard work of teachers and principals to motivate critical thinking students during their formative years as they gain a deeper understanding of the rule of law and, simply, how to be a good citizen."

More than 150 volunteer attorneys and judges, along with 14 high schools and three elementary schools, have participated in the ACE program. In 2013, the Philadelphia Bar Association announced expansion of the program into local library branches during the Free Library of Philadelphia's summer literacy program.

Launched in 2008 by the 13,000-member Philadelphia Bar Association, ACE is a program in partnership with Philadelphia public schools and the National Constitution Center that brings teams of volunteer lawyers and judges into 5th grade and high school classrooms to provide supplemental civics education, including the fundamental principles of citizenship, democracy and dispute resolution.

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