The Manassas City School Board honored the PWC Bar Association at a recent school board meeting for the many programs sponsored in partnership with school administrative officials during the 2017-2018 school year. Of note are the Character Counts! Essay Contest, the Court Tours/Mock Trial Program and the Rule of Law Project for middle school students, and the “So You’re 18” Program for high school seniors.
The Character Counts! Essay Contest focuses on the six pillars of good character which are the foundation of the nationally recognized Character Counts! Organization: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship. Students submit essays written on one of the six pillars, which are judged by volunteer attorneys from the bar association.
The Court Tours/Mock Trial Program provides tours of the PWC Judicial Center, led by volunteer attorneys from the bar, to introduce law and law enforcement as a career option for students. The program ends with a mock trial on the subject of either underage drinking or sexting.
The Rule of Law Project provides an opportunity for a civics teacher and a volunteer attorney to develop an in-class, interactive lesson plan that helps to explain the concept of the rule of law, the basis for all civilized societies. Citizens help make the laws that govern them, and agree to be bound by those laws, regardless of their station in life.
The “So You’re 18” program sends trained volunteer attorneys to all high school government classes to teach high school seniors how legal rights, restrictions and responsibilities change when they turn 18.
According to Sarah Knapp, President of the PWC Bar Association, there were at least 120 volunteer attorneys and judges who provided over 200 hours of service in connection with these programs, to students in all three school systems (Manassas City, Mannassas Park, and Prince William County) during the 2017-2018 school year. This programming is part of a concerted effort on the part of the PWC Bar Association to contribute to the quality of life in the community.
To learn more about these and other community service programs sponsored by the PWC Bar Association, visit pwcba.org.
By Prince William Living