THE RULE OF LAW SUCCESS STORIES

1. Virginia Public Schools: Since its beginning in 2009, what is now called the Virginia Law Foundation & The Virginia Bar Association Rule of Law Project has been introduced to 74 schools in 41 school divisions (33 of which have held rule of law classes), and has included over 10,730 students, 188 teachers, 323 classes, and 235 volunteers in 17 bar associations.

In the fall of 2010 and spring of 2011, 42 schools in 19 school divisions participated in the Rule of Law Project, involving 8,038 students, 174 teachers, 261 classes, and 17 local and diversity bar associations, and 168 bar association volunteers.

2. The American Bar Association Commission on Civic Education in the Nation’s Schools: Identified the Rule of Law Project as one of its “best practices” programs for use by state bar associations (2011).

3. The World Justice Project (http://www.worldjusticeproject.org/): The Project was featured in November 2009 at the World Justice Forum II in Vienna, Austria, as the only rule of law initiative from the United States among three from other countries; and again as part of the World Justice Forum III (http://www.emwis.net/thematicdirs/events/2011/06/world-justice-forum-iii) in Barcelona, Spain, in June 2011. The Rule of Law Project staff continues to collaborate with the World Justice Project (http://www.worldjusticeproject.org/about/) on expanding rule of law education in other countries.

4. Legacy International (http://www.legacyintl.org/): In collaboration with Legacy International, the Rule of Law Project staff has made presentations to visiting non-governmental organization (NGO) officials, educators and advocates from Oman, Kuwait, and the Kyrgyz Republic (October 2010), and to groups of Indonesian students and teachers (summer 2009 and 2010), http://www.legacyintl.org/rule-of-law-virginia-bar/. Presentations to other visiting international groups are expected in 2011 and 2012.

5. The University of Virginia Center for Politics: As part of the Center’s 2011 “Global Perspectives on Democracy” program (http://www.centerforpolitics.org/gpd.html), Rule of Law Project representatives made presentations to visitors from Afghanistan in June and July using the Project’s curriculum as an example of how to expand civic education in other countries.

6. National Council for the Social Studies (http://www.socialstudies.org): Presented break-out session at 2010 annual conference and a poster session at 2011 annual conference.

7. Virginia Consortium of Social Studies Specialists and College Educators (https://sites.google.com/site/vcsssce): As members of the Consortium, the Rule of Law staff serves with educators from around the state to discuss and advise the Virginia Department of Education on civics education.

8. James Madison’s Montpelier Center for the Constitution (http://center.montpelier.org): Rule of Law staff participated in the “Best Practices in Civic Education Institute” (2011).

9. James Madison’s Montpelier Center for the Constitution: In collaboration with the Center and the Virginia Law Foundation, The Virginia Bar Association Rule of Law staff conducted a public forum on “The Rule of Law and the American Civil War: A Dilemma” (September 2011).

10. The Open World Leadership Center (http://www.openworld.gov/about/): Invited by the Center and the George Mason Law School, the Rule of Law staff conducted a session on the rule of law for five visiting Russian judges (September 2011).

11. Roanoke College: In conjunction with the college’s Turk Pre-Law Society and Fowler Lecture Series, the Rule of Law Project co-sponsored a speaker on the rule of law (February 2011).

12. Roanoke College: Using the Rule of Law Project curriculum, Project staff taught “The Law and Society” as a Political Science Department course (Fall 2011).