Office of Communications and Public Affairs
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For Immediate Release

Media Advisory
Judiciary Helps Bring Civics to Allegany County High School Students

(CUMBERLAND, Md. – Nov. 8, 2013) On Friday, Nov. 15, judges from Maryland’s courts will join in an effort to help area students learn about law and society. During the Civics and Law Academy that day, Allegany County high school students will meet face-to-face with judges and other legal professionals to discuss a variety of topics, including juvenile rights, criminal law, free speech, and the law in the technology age.

The Nov. 15 session of the Civics and Law Academy will be held at Allegany High School in Cumberland, and will include approximately 60 students from Allegany, Bishop Walsh, Fort Hill, and Mountain Ridge high schools.

“You can’t hope to function in our society, which is based on the rule of law, if you don’t learn civics,” said Judge Pamila J. Brown. Judge Brown, who sits on the District Court in Howard County, heads the Judiciary committee that hosts the program in partnership with the Maryland State Bar Association, the Citizenship and Law-Related Education Program and the American Bar Association. Allegany Public Schools and the Allegany County Bar Association are partners in the Nov. 15 program.

“Students are active members of our society and therefore need to have an understanding of law and legal issues,” Judge Brown said. “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 Civics and Law Academy is designed to help high school students gain a better understanding of the law, which helps them develop civic competency. Academy sessions are held during the school year at various locations in Maryland.

WHAT: Civics and Law Academy for Allegany County high school students
A partnership of the Maryland Judiciary Public Awareness Committee, Maryland State Bar Association, Citizenship and Law-Related Education Program (CLREP), Allegany County Public Schools; and the Allegany County Bar Association
WHO: Judge Pamila J. Brown, Chair, Maryland Judiciary Public Awareness Committee
WHEN: Friday, Nov. 15, 2013
9 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
WHERE: Allegany High School
616 Sedgwick St.
Cumberland, Md. 21052
CONTACT: The media are invited to attend. Call the Office of Communications and Public Affairs, 410-260-1488, to attend and to discuss the use of cameras and/or electronic devices.

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