Judicial Learning Center in St. Louis Wins National ABA Award 01/22/2016
Gray Ritter Graham Chairman Bob Ritter, a member of The Judicial Learning Center's Board of Directors, reports that the organization has received a Law Day 2015 Outstanding Activity Award for "Best Student Program" from the American Bar Association. The Judicial Learning Center is located in the Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. Courthouse in St. Louis. Focusing on individual rights and freedoms of Magna Carta, court staff composed lesson plans and activities about privacy and free speech, and distributed them to Ferguson and St. Louis public high school teachers. The court crafted a mock trial involving peer threats against a track team, and students were given the case information to prepare. On April 30, 2015, 80 students from two area high schools toured the court, observed a real case proceeding, and held their mock trial in the court. Thomas F. Eagleton Courthouse staff also created Magna Carta fact sheets, lesson plans and resource packets for Missouri elementary and middle schools, and held a program on Magna Carta at Saint Louis University School of Law. This is the second consecutive year The Judicial Learning Center has received the national ABA Law Day award.