Justice Teaching recognizes Judge Davidson

first_img THE JUSTICE TEACHING program recently recognized the efforts of 18th Circuit Judge Lisa Davidson, who not only serves on the Select Committee on Justice Teaching and coordinates volunteer efforts for her entire circuit, but also volunteers significant amounts of time as a Justice Teaching volunteer in not one, but two schools. “Despite the most recent challenges facing the judicial branch, including elevated caseloads and fewer resources, Judge Davidson nonetheless finds time to visit two schools — Lyndon B. Johnson Middle School, located in Melbourne, and the Holy Name of Jesus Catholic School, located in Indiatlantic,” said JT coordinator Michelle Ballard. “In November 2010, she visited Holy Name and conducted Justice Teaching sessions with three social studies classes of teacher Christine Neilson. Even more impressive, on February 15, Judge Davidson performed Justice Teaching exercises with seven social studies classes of teachers Jeff Getrost and Jack Ratterman at Johnson Middle School.  Judge Davidson’s lesson of choice during her most recent visit was “The Invaders,” an activity that informs students about the various freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights and then requires the students to select the freedoms they would relinquish if forced to do so by a hostile government. According to Judge Davidson, none of the students from Johnson Middle School were willing to surrender the right to free speech.  Interestingly, the rights that the students were most likely to relinquish were the right to counsel, the right to peaceably assemble, and freedom of the press. Judge Davidson described the experience as “wonderful” and stated that the students really enjoyed the lesson and were engaged throughout the presentation. If you would like to follow in Judge Davidson’s footsteps and assist with bringing civic education alive for the children of Florida, visit www.justiceteaching.org. Justice Teaching recognizes Judge Davidson July 1, 2011 Regular Newslast_img

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