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March 2, 2012

Angelita Plemmer

Terri Bolling
(410) 260-1488

Release No. 12-002


IJAMSVILLE, Md. – The Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA) partners with the Maryland Judiciary and the Citizenship Law-Related Education Program (CLREP) to present the third session of the Maryland Civics and Law Academy from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., on Saturday, March 3, 2012, in Frederick County, Maryland. High school students from Oakdale, Linganore, Middletown, Frederick, Tuscarora and Urbana high schools will converge upon Oakdale High School in Ijamsville, Maryland, for this unique opportunity to learn about law, society and the importance of becoming active participants in our democracy directly from lawyers, judges and other legal professionals.

The Maryland Civics and Law Academy is designed to help students gain a better understanding of the law, helping them to develop civic competency.  Scheduled topics include juvenile rights, criminal law, free speech and the law in the age of technology. MSBA President Henry E. Dugan, Jr., joins a lineup of presenters that includes the Hon. Theresa M. Adams, Frederick County Circuit Court; the Hon. William Nicklas, Frederick County Circuit Court; the Hon. Oliver John Cejka, Jr., Frederick County District Court; and the Hon. Pamela White, Baltimore City Circuit Court.

“Students are active members of our society, therefore, it is essential that they have an understanding of law and legal issues,” says Howard County District Judge Pamila J. Brown, who heads the partnering Judiciary committee. “How can you hope to function in our society, which is based on the Rule of Law, if you don’t learn civics? The Academy provides a chance for young people to take part in an intensive program to start to gain the knowledge, skills and values needed to participate fully and effectively in our pluralistic, democratic society.”

The March 3 program is the last of three sessions planned for the current school year and held at various locations around the state. Previous locations included Essex, Maryland, in Baltimore County, and Oxon Hill, Maryland, in Prince George’s County.

To attend the Maryland Civics and Law Academy, or for more information regarding media coverage, call the Judicary’s Office of Communications and Public Affairs at (410) 260-1488.


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