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Teachers of the Year Award

Aug 14, 2017 / E-newsWe the People

Each year, the American Lawyers Alliance (ALA) recognizes three teachers of
law-related education as the American Lawyers Alliance Teachers of the Year.
At this year’s awards breakfast and ceremony on August 11, 2017 in the Yale
Club of New York, the winners celebrated came from a broad section of the
country, from the Ozarks to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
The middle school winner is Cherese Smith from Ozark Junior High School
(Ozark, Arkansas). The high school winners are David Alcox, Milford High
School (Milford, New Hampshire) and Fred Cole, Marquette High School
(Marquette, Michigan). The presidents of the Bar Associations from Arkansas,
New Hampshire, and Michigan attended and spoke on behalf of these amazing
teachers. Each winner received $1500 and spoke at the ceremony about the
programs they have implemented at their schools.
This is especially exciting for the Center for Civic Education, as Fred Cole
has been involved with the James Madison Legacy Project as a mentor teacher
and David Alcox won the American Civic Education Teacher Award from the
Center in 2013.
The American Lawyers Alliance is a charitable and educational nonprofit that
aims to foster understanding and respect for the American legal system and
preserve democracy through citizenship education. For information on the
2018 Teacher of the Year awards, please visit http://www.americanlawyersalliance.org/
annual-awards.

Each year, the American Lawyers Alliance recognizes three teachers of

law-related education as the American Lawyers Alliance Teachers of the Year.

At this year’s awards breakfast and ceremony on August 11 in the Yale Club

of New York, the winners celebrated came from a broad section of the country,

from the Ozarks to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

The middle school winner is Cherese Smith from Ozark Junior High School

(Ozark, Arkansas). The high school winners are David Alcox, Milford High

School (Milford, New Hampshire) and Fred Cole, Marquette High School

(Marquette, Michigan). The presidents of the Bar Associations from Arkansas,

New Hampshire, and Michigan attended and spoke on behalf of these amazing

teachers. Each winner received $1,500 and spoke at the ceremony about the

programs they have implemented at their schools.

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ALA 2017 Teacher of the year Award Winners with the Honorable Judge Royce Lamberth and State Bar Presidents

This is especially exciting for the Center for Civic Education, as Fred Cole

has been involved with the James Madison Legacy Project as a mentor

teacher and David Alcox won the American Civic Education Teacher Award from the Center in 2013.

The American Lawyers Alliance is a charitable and educational nonprofit

that aims to foster understanding and respect for the American legal system

and preserve democracy through citizenship education. For information on

the 2018 Teacher of the Year awards, please visit

www.americanlawyersalliance.org/annual-awards.

 

~ Announcing 2017 Annual Meeting

 

Highlights~

 

The Creation of the

Judicial Civic Education Award

 

The American Lawyers Alliance is pleased to announce the inauguration the Judicial Civic Education Award.  This award was created during the 2017 Midyear Meeting of the ALA in Miami, Florida.  The Judicial Civic Education Award is to be presented to a member of the judiciary to recognize judges for their work with teachers and students in promoting civic education in their communities and states.

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Judge Robert A Katzmann Chief Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Second District

The American Lawyers Alliance Judicial Civic Education Award was presented to Judge Robert A. Katzmann during the Annual Meeting of the American Lawyers Alliance in New York City , on August 4, 2017.   Judge Katzmann, one of the most respected judges in the Eastern United States, is a native of New York and a graduate of its public schools.  He received his A.B. (summa cum laude) from Columbia College, A.M. and Ph.D. in government from Harvard University, and a J.D. from Yale Law School.  He has been the recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees, is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has authored several books, including Judging Statutes and Courts and Congress.

As Chief Judge, he is being honored for launching the circuit-wide civic education and engagement initiative, Justice for All: Courts and the Community , which was publicized extensively in The New York Times on November 9, 2016, in a story entitled,”Teaching Students That Judge Judy Is Not A Supreme Court Justice“.

“The vitality of our governmental institutions…depends upon understanding by the public and support from the public, that’s critical to what we do,” Judge Katzmann is quoted as saying.  “But something like 70 percent of Americans can’t identify the Constitution as the supreme law of the land,” he said.  “Ten percent of college graduates think that Judge Judy is a Supreme Court Justice.  That gives you a sense of context.  We want our young people to understand that the courts work for them,” he states in the story.

Students not only come into the imposing grandeur of his courtroom, where Justices Sotomayor and Marshall sat, they also peruse volumes dating back to the 1800s in the library at the Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courtroom.  The program has active participation of the Bar throughout the Second Court, with ongoing courtroom visits, adult education programs and a speakers bureau.  Teachers and the courts are also provided with a curriculum developed by the Brookings Institution, which involves students in hands-on legal research – not to produce lawyers, but, he explains, to make them good citizens.

Thank you, Judge Katzmann, for your efforts to foster better understanding of the American legal System.  The American Lawyers Alliance is honored to present you with the Judicial Civic Education Award.

 

 

AMERICAN LAWYERS ALLIANCE

2017 BOOK PROJECT NEW YORK RECIPIENT 

 

~CATHOLIC GUARDIAN SERVICES OF NEW YORK~

 

The Catholic Guardian Services is one of the largest foster care providers in the State of New York, serving approximately 1000 children annually throughout the New York City area. Protecting children and helping them gain a loving and permanent home is at the very center of their work and mission.

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Children’s books presented to the Catholic Guardian Charities of New York!

CGS provides both community-based family foster care services, working with foster parents who open their homes to children and youth who have been placed in the child welfare system, and group homes for adolescents, some of whom have special emotional needs or who are raising children of their own. The foster families develop special skills to enable them care for children who have chronic physical conditions or who need mental health supports. They also provide crisis intervention services and both medical and mental health services to those in our care.

Their primary goal is for children to achieve permanency as quickly as possible. Each child’s family, either the parents or other kin, is engaged with our social service staff to develop solutions that enable families to be reunited safely. As an alternative, families can plan for adoption.

As quoted from their web site, “At Catholic Guardian Services, we strive to help families in need and protect children at risk by reaching out to them before they are in the Child Welfare system. Our Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention services and other programs for families help struggling families find solutions to difficult circumstances and grow closer.”

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Books, books and more books!

The American Lawyers Alliance is pleased to have donated over 100 books to the Catholic Guardian Services during our meeting in New York.  While the recipients of the books are always grateful for the donation from the ALA, our members receive the greater pleasure knowing we have made a difference and left a bit of ourselves in the cities we visit.  Since the inception of this program in 2015 we have donated over 600 books to projects across the country.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALA July 2017 Newsletter ….. ALA TODAY

Important Information found in this Newsletter:

President’s Letter

Annual Meeting Events and Registration Form

Teacher of the Year Award Winners

New Award ~ Judicial Civic Education Award ~ Winner Announced

Book Donation Project Recipient

and much more……..ALAJuly’17Newsletter

What Happening in TODAY……

Highlights from the American Lawyers Alliance Mid-Year Meeting, Miami, Florida

Pictures, Pictures and More Pictures

SAVE THE DATE ~ Annual Meeting, New York City

Award Presentations and More……

ALAnewsletterMarch 2017

Miami Highlights!!!

An Inspirational Message  read by Linda Eagle,  during the Mid-Year Meeting in Miami.

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Susan Patterson, Michigan, received the 2017 Outstanding Individual Volunteer of the Year Award from the American Lawyers Alliance.  The Award was presented during the 2017 ALA Mid-Year Meeting in Miami.  Mrs. Patterson received the award at an Awards Breakfast at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

Sue has been active for years volunteering her time and many talents serving her East Lansing Community, Ingham County Bar Auxiliary Michigan Bar Alliance and the American Lawyers Alliance, with loving friends and family.  Congratulations, Sue!!

While in Miami, Florida during the 2017 American Lawyers Alliance Mid-Year Meeting, children’s books were donated to the Miami Dade County Head Start Program.  Over seventy-five books were donated by members of the American Lawyers Alliance Board of Directors.   Since this program was begun in 2015 in Houston, Texas more than 500 books have been donated in  cities where the ALA meetings have been held.  It is our hope that we leave a small footprint in the lives of children as we pass through these communities.

 

The American Lawyers Alliance announced the 2017 ALA Auxiliary Support Winners for 2017 at the Mid-Year meeting in Miami, Florida.  A total of  $4,000 was awarded.  Congratulations to these twelve outstanding organizations and the projects they support!

AUSTIN LAWYERS AUXILIARY

COLUMBUS BAR ASSOCIATION ALLIANCE

GRAND RAPIDS LAWYERS ALLIANCE

HOUSTON BAR ASSOCIATION AUXILIARY

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY LAWYERS ALLIANCE

INGHAM COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATIONAUXILIARY

KALAMAZOO LAWYERS ALLIANCE

LAW OF POLK COUNTY, INC.

NATIONAL CAPITAL LAWYERS AUXILIARY

SAGINAW COUNTY LAWYERS AUXILIARY

SAN ANTONIO BAR AUXILIARY

TEXAS LAWYERS AUXILIARY

 

 

See what’s inside….

President’s Message ~ Mary Ellen Borgelt

Mid-Year ALA Meeting Details and Registration form

ALA Book Donation Program

Much more…alajanuary17newsletter