Edward J. Lewis II Lawyers In the Classroom Program

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For over 30 years, the Edward J. Lewis II Lawyers In the Classroom program has placed attorney volunteers into 2nd-8th grade classrooms to help students to better understand the U.S. Constitution, our legal system, and law-related careers. Following the program launch in the late 1980’s, Edward J. Lewis II, Jenner and Block law firm partner and child advocate, expanded the program to 100 attorneys in the early 1990’s. Currently, the program has over 600 participating attorneys, reaching 60 schools in the Chicagoland area.

The Lawyers In the Classroom program which had previously been administered by Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago (CRFC), transitioned in November 2019 to the CBA 501c (3), CBA-Television Productions Inc., the charitable entity that works to serve and educate youth across Chicago. 

Working together through the Lawyers in the Classroom, teachers and attorneys’ partner to provide multiple authentic interactive learning opportunities that allow students to enhance critical thinking, collaboration and civil discourse skills. Attorney volunteers provide students with knowledge based on real-life experiences and offer young people an opportunity to interact with a variety of positive adult role models. 

When is the Edward J. Lewis II Lawyers In the Classroom program offered?
The program is offered every school year, beginning in August and lasting through the end of June. 

How is the Edward J. Lewis II Lawyers In the Classroom program administered?
Director, Tiffani Watson, M.Ed., recruits and trains attorney volunteers, then coordinates the Lawyers In the Classroom program visits. The first step for interested volunteers is participating in one our streamlined Attorney Information & Training sessions in the Fall. The sessions include in-depth information about the program and curriculum, along with demo lessons that provide teaching techniques to help volunteers impart the lessons. Next, participating attorneys will be partnered with teachers in 2nd-8th grade classrooms, and using the curriculum, will teach students their Constitutional Rights and their rights and responsibilities under the law. 

Who Is involved?
Teams of attorneys across Chicago and suburbs are partnered with schools, teachers and students in the Chicagoland area; all schools are included in our outreach; i.e. public, private, catholic, etc. Volunteers are typically asked to visit the same class 3 times in a school year.

Fall attorney information and training sessions are held in September through November for new and returning lawyer volunteers; however, due to the transition, this 2019-2020 school year, an attorney Information session will take place on January 15, 2020 from 12pm -1pm at the CBA Headquarters (321 S. Plymouth Ct).  Click here to register for the Attorney Information and Training session.

Who do I contact to for more information?
Contact Tiffani Watson, M.Ed. for further information at twatson@chicagobar.org or (312) 554-2060.



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