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Lee Arbetman

executive director

Street Law, Inc.

Over 40 years of educating about law, democracy, and human rights

Staff photo: Lee Arbetman

Lee is a graduate of Grinnell College, the University of Massachusetts (M. Ed.) and The George Washington University's National Law Center (J.D.). He is co-author of the organization's flagship textbook, Street Law: A Course in Practical Law. He developed Street Law's Legal Diversity Pipeline Programs and is implementing it with corporate legal departments, law firms, and urban school systems throughout the country. He is the director of Street Law’s Supreme Court Institutes and Seminars, professional development programs for teachers delivered in collaboration with the Supreme Court Historical Society.

Lee has been an active member and former chair of the citizenship committee of the National Council for the Social Studies.  He is a former winner of the Isidore Starr award from the American Bar Association and was an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center.


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Community College

Street Law, Inc.’s community college course is an innovative, law-based civic learning program for community colleges. It prepares students for democratic practice and develops the skills necessary for workforce and civic success through a unique combination of classroom and community-based learning. This community college program fits well into criminal... Read more

Corporate Legal Diversity Pipeline Program

This program partners corporate legal departments with nearby, diverse high school law classes.  Through classroom visits and a field trip to corporate headquarters, volunteers teach lessons and lead activities designed to increase students’ knowledge and interest in the law and legal careers. Electronic Library (log in required) ... Read more

Law School Programs

Since 1972, law schools around the world have developed Street Law programs that teach young people in schools, communities, and corrections sites about the law, while providing law students with a unique, powerful professional development opportunity. Street Law, Inc. provides program resources and teaching materials, connects participating law schools,... Read more

Legal Diversity Pipeline Program for Law Firms

This program partners law firms with nearby, diverse high school law classes. Through classroom visits and a field trip to the law firm, volunteers teach lessons and lead activities designed to increase students’ knowledge and interest in the law and legal careers. The following law firms are participating in... Read more

Rule of Law Education

Street Law has worked with partners on every continent to develop a series of 14 lessons to teach young people about the basic elements of rule of law using its signature, interactive, skill-building methodology.  Street Law is currently designing a roll-out of this program with civil society partners around... Read more

Supreme Court Summer Institute for Teachers

Since it began in 1995, the Supreme Court Summer Institute for Teachers has brought together over 1,200 teachers from across the country to convene in Washington, D.C., for six days of educational activities related to teaching about the U.S. Supreme Court.  The Institute is co-sponsored by the Supreme Court Historical Society. Read more

Street Law Textbook

Ninth edition, 2016 Details

Great Trials in American History

First edition, 1999. ISBN 0-314-80461-7 (paperback book, 209 pages) Details