Judiciary helps bring civics to Harford County high school classroom


On Thursday, April 18, lawyers and judges from Maryland's courts will share their expertise and personal experiences to help area students learn about law and society. Students attending the Civics and Law Academy will meet face-to-face with judges and other legal professionals to discuss a variety of topics, including juvenile rights, criminal law, free speech and the law in the technology age.

The April 18 session will be held at North Harford High School in Pylesville, and will include more than 100 students from North Harford, Joppatowne, Bel Air, Edgewood, Aberdeen, Fallston and Havre de Grace high schools.

"How can you hope to function in our society, which is based on the Rule of Law, if you don't learn civics?" Howard County District Judge Pamila J. Brown asked. Brown heads the Judiciary Committee that is hosting the program in partnership with the Maryland State Bar Association, the Citizenship and Law-Related Education Program and the American Bar Association.

"Students are active members of our society; therefore, it is essential that they have an understanding of law and legal issues," Brown said. "The academy provides a chance for young people to take part in an intensive program to start to gain the knowledge, skills and values needed to participate fully and effectively in our pluralistic, democratic society."

The Civics and Law Academy is designed to help high school students gain a better understanding of the law, which helps them develop civic competency. Academy sessions are held during the school year at various locations in Maryland.

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