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Street Law, Inc.

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

Chicago Community College Faculty Development Seminar

Where McCormick Foundation, Chicago, IL
When November 7, 2014
Registration Open 4 September - 29 October 14
Cost $25.00

Street Law, Inc. — in collaboration with the Robert R. McCormick Foundation — is offering a faculty development seminar for Chicago area community college professors who are interested in developing a law-based civics program at their colleges. The program involves innovative classroom instruction and community-based learning.

NEW FOR 2014!

This year, participants will learn about:

  • A new noncredit model as a way to incorporate Street Law on your campus
  • New programs and resources from McGraw-Hill Education to that will allow students and professors to access Street Law lessons electronically, as well as making  student learning more dynamic.


Join like-minded faculty and administrators to learn about the elements of Street Law's Community College Program, the course curriculum, best practices in civic education instruction, and the positive impact the course can have on college students. In addition, participants will learn how to advise students who wish to pursue careers in law.

The seminar will be facilitated by Lee Arbetman, author of Street Law’s community college textbook, Street Law: Understanding Law and Legal Issues (McGraw Hill, 2012), who will be joined by Stacey Weiler, Program Operations Director of the Illinois JusticeCorps at the Illinois Bar Foundation.

Program Info
Online registration for this event closed on October 29, 2014.

Registration Instructions

Space is limited so please register as soon as possible! Please note each person attending MUST register.

  1. Complete and submit the online registration form by Wednesday, October 29, 2014
  2. After submitting your online registration form, you will receive a confirmation email containing a payment link. Use this link to pay your $25 registration fee by credit card no later than Wednesday, October 29, 2014
    Please note that this fee is reimbursable to all participants coming from Chicago-area colleges. Local participants will also recieve a minimal travel stipend.
  3. If you experience any problems with the online registration system, please contact Xinia Bermudez ( for assistance.


  • The Robert R. McCormick Foundation
    205 N Michigan Avenue #4300
    Chicago, Illinois 60601 
    T 312.445.5000
Big thank you to The Robert R. McCormick Foundation for providing meeting space!


Breakfast and lunch on November 7th will be provided. Please communicate any special dietary needs in your registration form so that we can accommodate you.


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The Seminar

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As a result of this faculty development seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the components of the Street Law program for community colleges
  • Describe Street Law's instructional philosophy
  • Demonstrate the linkage between this program and their colleges’ priorities
  • Distinguish this program from existing programs at their colleges
  • Explore multiple models for integrating Street Law into their colleges’ program
  • Design high quality community-based student learning opportunities
  • Identify data that can be collected and used to evaluate student learning and program impact
  • Access resources from Street Law, Inc.
  • Network with other faculty with similar interests in civic learning (new for 2014!)
  • Learn about a new noncredit model as a way to incorporate Street Law on their campus
  • Identify new programs and resources from McGraw-Hill Education to that will allow students and professors to access Street Law lessons electronically, as well as making  student learning more dynamic (new for 2014!)

The Program

This innovative law-based civics program combines classroom and community learning. Classroom activities cover the evaluation, debate, and critical analysis of legal issues that affect individuals, their families, and communities.  Students develop a practical understanding of the U.S. legal system while learning about aspects of civil, criminal, constitutional, family, immigration, and consumer law.

Classroom instruction includes 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. Community-based, experiential learning includes a range of activities, from individual and group projects to internships in courthouses and legal services offices. The community-based component complements the classroom instruction, deepens learning, and encourages civic engagement.

This new course may be listed under political science, sociology, criminal justice, or business. It can also be cross listed. It is not designed to replace any courses that are part of paralegal training or administration of justice career preparation programs.

Questions? Contact Xinia Bermudez (

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