Participating law firm, bar association, or agency
Legal Resource People (LRP)
An attorney from King & Spalding's Washington office teaches a lesson on conflict resolution.
LRPs are attorneys, paralegals, and other law-related professional from participating law firms, bar associations, or agencies. They go into the classrooms and prepare students for visits with their Legends by teaching three lessons focusing on their Legends' lives, rules and laws, and conflict resolution.
The participating law firm, bar association, or agency is responsible for coordinating the program. A program coordinator(s) leads their firm or agency's participation and serves as the point of contact for Street Law, Inc. Program coordination includes the following:
Identifying and recruiting Legal Resource People (LRPs), schools, and Legends
Liaising between the LRPs and the school
Scheduling classroom visits for the LRPs and Legends
Providing breakfasts for the classroom visits
Printing and preparing materials for the classroom visits
Communicating with Street Law, Inc. to schedule and implement training and technical assistance
Facilitating the program evaluation
Legal organizations wishing to participate might consider involving a local law school student to help with program coordination.
Legends are local leaders from law-related professions who have contributed positively to their communities. Examples of ideal Legends include judges, elected officials, community activists, police officers, and journalists.
The Legends make three classroom visits where they have breakfast with the students, get to know them and answer their questions, and continue teaching the lessons on law and school rules started by the LRPs. They serve as role-models and encourage students to excel in life and be active citizens in their communities.
Schools and classroom teachers
The classroom teachers attend the training with the LRPs and are asked to commit to six visits (three by the LRPs and three by the Legend) over the course of a semester or school year.
It is important that classroom teachers prepare their students for the visitors and provide classroom management during the sessions. This allows the LRPs and Legends to focus on providing a focused and enriching learning experience for the students. Teachers are also encouraged to allot time for students to write in their journals and share their experiences with each other.
Street Law, Inc. provides training, materials, and technical assistance to legal professionals participating in the program.
The 60-75 minute training is conducted by phone and includes lesson overviews, program preparation, and tips for working with young people. It also provides an opportunity for the LRPs and classroom teachers to build a rapport and solidify their partnership by discussing their goals and expectations.
The licensed materials include:
- Five easy-to-use lesson plans designed to enrich students’ learning about the law and citizenship. The lessons employ interactive strategies such as continuums and role plays.
- Templates for the program journal, which prompts student thinking about vocabulary words, skills learned, and questions for the LRPs and Legend. There is also an open writing section for students to share their personal experiences from each visit.
- Templates for stickers, name badges, and certificates
- A coordinator’s handbook that provides directions and information for facilitating a Breakfast with a Legend program.
Street Law, Inc. is also available for ongoing technical assistance to the program coordinator via e-mail and phone throughout the course of the program.
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