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Margaret E. Fisher receives the 2011 Advocate of the Year Award

Street Law, Inc.

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

On April 13, 2011, Margaret E. Fisher—Seattle University Law School and the Washington State Administrative Office of the Courts—was presented with Street Law's 2011 Advocate of the Year Award.

Margaret has an impressive history with Street Law and for more than 30 years has been instrumental in spreading law, democracy, and human rights education to a variety of audiences in the state of Washington, the Kingdom of Lesotho, and numerous places in between.

Margaret first became involved with Street Law in 1977.  As an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center—home to the original Street Law Corrections Clinic—she worked with law students teaching practical law lessons  to inmates in correctional and mental institutions in Washington, DC.  During this same period, she was a Street Law staffer and developed curricula and implemented trainings in correctional settings to educate staff and administrators about the law.

In 1982, Margaret took a position at the University of Puget Sound Law School (which would eventually become Seattle University School of Law), running the law school-based Street Law program in high schools and working closely with classroom teachers across Washington.  In 1996, she was able to expand the scope of her Street Law programs through funding from the Washington State Administrative Office of the Courts.  Through her partnership with the Courts, she developed two programs that connect judges and teachers in the classroom.  Both programs are still flourishing today.

Over the years Margaret contributed to Street Law's national curriculum.  She is co-author of the teacher's manual and the primary writer for the test bank and workbook that accompany the Street Law textbook, Street Law: A Course in Practical Law, now in its eighth edition.  In Washington, she serves as Chair of the Street Law Committee of the Washington State Bar Association's Council on Public Legal Education.

Margaret's efforts to educate young people about the law have not stopped stateside.  In the 1980s Margaret instituted a Street Law program in schools in the Kingdom of Lesotho.

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