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May 27, 2014

Hundreds of Students, Officials to Celebrate Innovative Citywide Classroom Civics Program May 29

More than 100 students from Philadelphia public schools will join judges and leaders of the Philadelphia legal community on Thursday, May 29 at 9:30 a.m. at the James A. Byrne United States Courthouse at 601 Market Street for a mock Supreme Court session to celebrate the success of the award-winning Advancing Civics Education (ACE) 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.

At the May 29th event, students and volunteer teams will celebrate their hard work with a day of activities and programming based on the theme "Equality and Justice for All." Following a welcome, students will divide into groups for interactive sessions and a mini mock trial. At the conclusion of the program, certificates will be awarded for the students’ yearlong participation in ACE, and a National Constitution Center interactive presentation will take place. The program is scheduled to end at 1:30 p.m.

More than 150 volunteer attorneys and judges, along with 14 high schools and three elementary schools have participated in the ACE program. The Philadelphia Bar Association is expanding the program into local library branches during the Free Library’s summer literacy program.

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