Stand Up For
GRADES SIX – EIGHT
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Stand Up for Your Rights for Grades 6-8:
Contact Marieljane (MJ) Bastien
Stand Up for Your Rights, offered in the spring, transforms middle school students into appellate lawyers. Working with a team of volunteer attorneys for 11 weeks, students delve into the Bill of Rights, explore how constitutional protections apply in public schools, and argue their cases in real courtrooms before Appellate Panels composed of actual judges and experienced attorneys.
During weekly afterschool sessions, students become advocates and learn how to use precedent, apply law to facts, craft legal arguments, answer questions – on the spot – from the bench, and work as a team. Through an emphasis on honing critical thinking, writing, and public speaking skills, Stand Up for Your Rights encourages adolescents to challenge their assumptions and justify their beliefs while positively engaging in the justice system.