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Webinar: How to Start a Street Law Program at Your Law School
Street Law, Inc. presents “How to Start a Street Law Program at Your Law School”—a free webinar primer for law schools, pro bono coordinators, and law student organizations interested in developing a Street Law program.
Street Law programs give law students a unique opportunity to develop important skills while contributing to their communities by teaching practical lessons in classrooms and community-based organizations.
Anchored by Margaret Fisher, renowned Street Law educator and coordinator of the Seattle University Law School Street Law Program, this webinar will focus on the basic “how to…” steps that are important for establishing a strong foundation for a successful Street Law program.
Margaret E. Fisher
Margaret E. Fisher is a distinguished practitioner in residence at Seattle University Law School and has run its Street Law Program for three decades.
Fisher joined the law school in 1982. She served as a Senior Fulbright Scholar to establish Street Law in South Africa and Lesotho at a time when Apartheid was in place. Her work focused on human rights, practical law, and the role of law in a post-Apartheid Africa.
In 1996, Fisher expanded the scope of her Street Law curriculum through funding from the Washington State Administrative Office of the Courts. Through this partnership, two new programs were created. Judges in the Classroom brings judges into local elementary, middle, and high school classrooms to help teach topics that have a natural fit with the classroom syllabus. The Street Law Classroom Project partners judges and teachers to co-teach a Street Law class, and supplies participating classrooms with Street Law textbooks.
As author of the American Bar Association's Youth Court Training Package and founding officer in the Washington State Association of Youth Courts, Fisher hosts trainings and start-up conferences for youth courts in Washington state.
Now the state coordinator for iCivics, a web-based civic education program launched by Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Fisher is working to ensure that middle school students throughout the state have a chance to learn civics through engaging video games and on-line lessons.
In April 2011, Street Law, Inc. presented Fisher with its Advocate of the Year Award, in recognition of her more than 30 years of law, democracy, and human rights education to a variety of audiences, both domestically and internationally. Fisher also received the 2011 Angelo Petruss Award for Lawyers in Public Service by the Washington State Bar Association.
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