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Street Law, Inc.

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

Community College Faculty Development Seminar

October 27-28, 2011
Registration Period
5 August - 14 October 11
Chicago, IL

Street Law, Inc. — in collaboration with Howard Community College and McGraw-Hill Higher Education — has designed a law-based civics course for community colleges that is being piloted at several community colleges during the 2011–2012 academic year.

This seminar is for community college faculty who are either…

  • Teaching Street Law this academic year OR
  • Seriously considering adding Street Law to their community college curriculum

Join like-minded faculty and learn about the Street Law curriculum, the elements of the course, best practices in civic education instruction, and how Street Law can impact your community college.

The seminar will be co-facilitated by Lee Arbetman, author of Street Law’s new community college textbook, Understanding Law and Legal Issues (McGraw Hill, 2011), and Professor Patrick O’Guinn, director of the criminal justice program at Maryland’s Howard Community College.

Faculty most likely to be interested in teaching this new course are professors of sociology, political science, criminal justice, and paralegal training. Faculty should have an interest in legal issues but need not be lawyers.

Program Info

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

Registration Details and Eligibility

This seminar is for community college faculty who are either…

  • Teaching Street Law this academic year OR
  • Seriously considering adding Street Law to their community college curriculum

City Colleges of Chicago

If you teach at one of the seven City Colleges of Chicago, your registration fee is waived thanks to a grant from the McCormick Foundation.

Registration Instructions

  1. Complete and submit the online registration form by Friday, October 7, 2011.  
  2. After submitting your online registration form, you will receive a confirmation email containing a payment link.  Use this link to pay your $50 registration fee by credit card no later than Friday, October 7, 2011. 
  3. If you experience any problems with the online registration system, please contact Allison Hawkins ( for assistance.


  • DLA Piper LLP (US)
    15 Main Conference Room
    203 North LaSalle Street, Suite 1900
    Chicago, Illinois 60601-1293
    T: +1 312 368 4000
    F: +1 312 236 7516

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Big thanks to the Chicago office of DLA Piper for providing meeting space for this Faculty Development Seminar!


Street Law has arranged for a group rate of $189/night at the nearby Hotel Sax. To take advantage of this reduced rate, you must make your reservation through Thomas Kelley at Lawyers Travel. You may contact him via email or by phone:

  1. Email: Send an email to with the following subject line "Faculty Seminar/Attn: Thom Kelley"
  2. Phone: Call 800-676-4379 and ask to speak to Thom Kelley

There are a limited number of rooms available at this rate, so the sooner you book the better. Also, feel free to explore other nearby options.


The following meals will be included:

  • October 27: lunch and dinner
  • October 28: breakfast and lunch

Please be sure and communicate any special dietary needs in your registration form so that we can accommodate you.

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The Course

Street Law's innovative law-based civics course for community colleges will cover the evaluation, debate, and critical analysis of law and legal issues that affect individuals, their families, and communities. Students develop a practical understanding of the U.S. legal system through learning about aspects of civil, criminal, constitutional, family, immigration, and consumer law.

The course uses case studies, simulated legal exercises, small group exercises and analytical thought problems to develop higher level thinking skills that prepare students for rigorous college course work in other areas.

The course is generally cross-listed as an elective under multiple disciplines as part of a general education program. It is not designed to replace any courses that are part of paralegal training or administration of justice career preparation programs.

The Seminar

As a result of the faculty development seminar, participants will be able to do the following:

  • Identify the components of the Street Law curriculum
  • Describe the instructional philosophy underlying the materials
  • Determine linkage between this program and their colleges' priorities
  • Distinguish this program from existing programs at their colleges
  • Design high quality community based learning opportunities
  • Determine how best to grade students in this law-based civics course
  • Identify data to be collected and a possible impact evaluation to be designed
  • Access resources from Street Law, Inc.


Questions about Street Law's Community College initiative? Contact Lee Arbetman (, 301-589-1130 ext. 230)