“It was important for the ABA to launch the academy and give students, many of whom have never even been to Washington, the opportunity to meet with national leaders and see the three branches of government at work,” said Kim Askew, chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Public Education. “This experience helps students, the future leaders of tomorrow, gain a broader understanding of their roles as active and engaged citizens.”
Students met with decision-makers in government and law and visited the White House, the U.S. Supreme Court, the French Embassy, the Newseum and the U.S. Capitol.
One of the highlights of the academy was a visit with three current White House fellows, in which students examined public policy issues from diverse perspectives and gained insight into what it takes to become a fellow.
High school students from South Carolina, Maryland, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Florida, California, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Arizona, Colorado, Oregon, Minnesota, Michigan, Texas and Georgia participated in the 2014 National Civics and Law Academy. The student selection process ranged from an essay contest to teacher and community leader recommendations.
More information on the 2014 National Civics and Law Academy is available here.
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