Office of Communications and Public Affairs
2001-E/F Commerce Park Drive
Annapolis, Maryland 21401

For Immediate Release


Media Advisory
Judges Join Caroline County Students in Classroom

(RIDGELY, Md. – March 4, 2015), On Wednesday, March 11, Maryland judges, state’s attorneys and other justice officials will help students learn about law and society during the Civics and Law Academy in Caroline County. During the session, students from North Caroline and Colonel Richardson high schools will meet with judges and other legal professionals to discuss juvenile rights, criminal law, free speech, and law in the technology age. The media are invited to attend.

The March 11 session of the Civics and Law Academy will be held at North Caroline High School in Ridgely, and will include approximately 110 students. District Court of Maryland Chief Judge John P. Morrissey will be the plenary speaker for the event.

“We are looking forward to a lively discussion. The students ask great questions and raise interesting points because these are issues they deal with every day,” said Judge Pamila J. Brown, who sits on the District Court in Howard County. The program is held in partnership with the Maryland State Bar Association, the Citizenship and Law-Related Education Program, and the American Bar Association. Caroline County Public Schools and the Caroline County Bar Association are partners in the March 11 program.

“If people want to function in society, they 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.


Civics and Law Academy for students from North Caroline and Colonel Richardson high schools in Caroline County
A partnership of the Maryland Judiciary, Maryland State Bar Association, Citizenship and Law-Related Education Program (CLREP), Caroline County Bar Association, and Caroline County Public Schools

District Judge Pamila J. Brown, Howard County District Court, who heads the Civics and Law Academy effort for the Judiciary
District Court of Maryland Chief Judge John P. Morrissey, plenary speaker
Judge Karen A. Jensen Murphy, County Administrative Judge, Caroline County Circuit Court
Judge Karen Friedman, Baltimore City Circuit Court
Judge Melvin J. Jews, Dorchester County District Court
Master Jo Ann D. Asparagus, Domestic Relations Master, Caroline County Circuit Court
Scott Patterson, State’s Attorney for Talbot County
Jonathan G. Newell, State’s Attorney for Caroline County
Heather L. Price, County Attorney for Caroline County

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
9 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

North Caroline High School
10990 River Road
Ridgely, MD 21660


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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