Nashville Students Take Part in Civics & Law Academy

The Tennessee Bar Association hosted a Civics & Law Academy at McGavock High School in Nashville as part of the first Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) Intersession, which provides additional learning opportunities for students during the district's fall break. Volunteer lawyers and law students presented an introduction to law and justice issues and lead discussions about corrective and distributive justice with a group of high school juniors and seniors. Volunteer presenters included Michael Abelow with Sherrard & Roe and Krisann Hodges with the Board of Professional Responsibility, as well as Belmont College of Law students Katie Blankenship, Jaz Boon and Kelsey Boyle.

A Civics & Law Academy engages middle and high school aged young people in learning about law and society. The purpose of an academy is to prepare young people to be participants in our democratic society. In an academy, knowledgeable, civically active adults share their expertise, experience and enthusiasm for civic engagement with young participants. Academies may be conducted by lawyers, judges, teachers, youth workers or other civic leaders. The American Bar Association has developed lessons on six different topics that can be adapted to fit the needs of local programs. For more information, contact Liz Todaro at (615) 383-7421 or ltodaro@tnbar.org. (Photos by Liz Todaro)

Civics and Law Academy at McGavock High School
Civics and Law Academy at McGavock High School Civics and Law Academy at McGavock High School
Civics and Law Academy at McGavock High School
Civics and Law Academy at McGavock High School Civics and Law Academy at McGavock High School
Civics and Law Academy at McGavock High School