South Florida Lawyers To Join Forces to Improve Quality of Education in Public Schools

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The Council For Educational Change is launching the Lawyers Alliance to supply civic and legal education to South Florida classrooms. The lawyers’ involvement will help create bridges between students and the legal community.

The Council for Educational Change, a statewide nonprofit, is formally launching the Lawyers Alliance to further its mission of strengthening leadership in public schools. Strong leadership leads to vibrant schools and a prepared workforce. On Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 6 PM, South Florida lawyers will gather for a cocktail reception at the offices of the Miami Parking Authority, 40 NW 3rd Street, Suite 1103, Miami. The event is an opportunity for lawyers to learn about the Council’s program that will make a significant difference in our schools.

“Since the inception of the Council for Education Change by the late Leonard Miller, lawyers have played an important role in our organization,” said Dr. Elaine Liftin, the Council’s President and Executive Director. “Lawyers have created unique partnerships with school principals, providing mentoring and support on strategic planning, problem solving, team building, innovative thinking and a myriad of other leadership skills required to improve student education.”

The Lawyers Alliance will supply civic and legal education to the classroom. The lawyers’ involvement will help create bridges between students and the legal community, including judges, court officials and law enforcement.

“When legal professionals volunteer their expertise to local schools, they can teach kids about key legal matters that may impact them personally one day,” said Michelle Abbs, Lawyers Alliance Coordinator. “One important way to strengthen our judicial system is to teach students about their rights and duties as law-abiding citizens as they get older.”

Members of the Lawyers Alliance will choose different activities to initiate at a school, including leading a mini lesson, hosting a courthouse visit and conducting a mock trial, among others. Each member of the Alliance will select the engagement style and frequency that accommodates his/her busy schedule. As a group, the members will confer regularly throughout the year on successful programs and future goals.

Perricone’s Marketplace & Café will provide hors d'oeuvres at the event. Attorney Evian White with Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc., Miami Parking Authority CEO Arthur Noriega, who is generously hosting the event at his facility, Dr. Elaine Liftin and a Miami Northwestern Senior High School student will briefly address the audience.

Some of the law firms that will be represented at the event include Kubicki Draper; Miami STREET Law Program; the Office of the Miami City Attorney; the US Attorney’s Office, Romy Jurado; Berk, Merchant & Sims, PLC; Rudd & Diamond, P.A.; and the Legal Services of Greater Miami. The event is co-hosted by the Dade County Bar Association - Young Lawyers Section.

About the Council for Educational Change
The Council for Educational Change is a statewide, 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to focus on LEADERSHIP to improve student achievement and address critical issues in education. Leonard Miller founded the Council for Educational Change in 2003, as the successor organization of the South Florida Annenberg Challenge. Based in Weston, the Council is led by a Board of Trustees. Some of its accomplishments include the creation of the Executive PASS© program, which forms a partnership between a business leader and a school principal to share business strategies to bring positive changes to the school. The Council also has a three-year matching grant executive partnership program in which a CEO mentors a school principal and commits up to $100,000 to develop and fund strategic plans to create a culture of excellence and success.

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