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2012 Fall Reporter OCLRE

2012 Fall Reporter OCLRE

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Netorking is  ig onus t the nnul L & Citienshi Conference.
Mock Tril Cse Summry ..........4L & Citienshi ConferenceSekers ...................................10MY OHIO Secil ......................14Sureme Court Sotlight ..........15
Change is in the air. It might be politicalchange. It could be new technology in theclassroom. It could also be the new SB 165mandates, requiring teaching oundingdocuments and changes in state standards.The Center is staying ahead o the curve andhelping you do the same! This year’s Law &Citizenship Conerence is designed to supportyou through the transitions.
Politics & 2012 Elections
Politics and elections this all will be dominat-ing dinner table conversation, television com-mercials, and chat at the water cooler. Yourstudents will want to talk about it too. TheConerence will have the sessions to help youstay ready to answer any question, no matterthe curveball. Learn rom a newspaper andradio reporter about Politics and Media in aChanging World. A Findlay University proessorwill discuss American Presidential Campaignsand Political Memorabilia rom Washingtonto Obama. Conerence avorites return – thechairmen o the Ohio Republican and Demo-cratic Parties will come together to oer theirviews on Ohio: The Heart o it All – Politically.
Founding Documents
Senate Bill 165 was signed into law this pastspring, mandating the teaching o Americanand Ohio ounding documents, including theUS Constitution, Bill o Rights, Declaration oIndependence, the Northwest Ordinance, andthe Ohio Constitution. Multiple conerencesessions will help reresh your content knowl-edge on these documents.
Today’s students are very savvy when it comesto technology. Meet them by integrating it intoyour classroom. Sessions will ocus on incor-porating Google programs, iPads, Twitter, andsocial media into your teaching. Learn roma new generation o teachers and pre-serviceproessionals how easy it is to use the mostcurrent technology in the classroom.
The Classroom, It’s a Changin’
Continued on ge 9
Issue 3Fall 2012
We Deliver, 30or Less
Remember that old pizza delivery slogan?Well, it’s not pizza, but OCLRE has anarguably better deal. The Center willdeliver on-site proessional developmentto your school or district at no charge,i just one educator in attendance is acurrent OCLRE member ($30 membershipee) and there are a minimum o ve whowill attend the proessional developmentsession. For $30 or less, several teacherscan learn about the Center’s challeng-ing academic, hands-on, student-drivenprograms. Schools/districts may requestprogram-specic proessional develop-ment (We the People, Mock Trial, MiddleSchool Mock Trial, Youth or Justice,Project Citizen) or an orientation sessionat which teachers will become amiliarwith the Center and learn a bit about allo its programs and resources or teach-ers and students. The Center programswill work according to teachers’ needsand time parameters. Contact us todayso we can get you on the calendar! Tolearn more or to schedule a proessionaldevelopment session, contact Jared Reitzor Kate Strickland at jreitz@oclre.org orkstrickland@oclre.org, respectively, or calltoll-ree (877) 485-3510.
One o my avoritequotes: “Most people’sidea o reasoning is tond ways to continuethinking as they alreadydo.” It’s true. We’ll watcha particular network withour avorite news pro-gram knowing we’ll ndsupport or what we maybe politically or socially thinking. Those peskypolitical ads give many o us the odder to goon thinking as we already do about a par-ticular candidate or issue. We also know thatthose ads and even the network programmingare designed to infuence us and not neces-sarily with good reasoning or actual content.I am oten more curious about what my ellowcitizens think about an issue, candidate or hottopic in the community.Letters—almost sounds archaic in the ageo Twitter, Facebook, blogs and texts—ournewspapers are lled with them. Letters tothe Editor are written by people who wanttheir voices to be heard. They believe theyhave important inormation to oer based ontheir education or personal experience, eel aneed to correct incorrect inormation ound inanother letter or a newspaper article or reactto policy makers. The voices o the people withwhom we live, work and play can be moreinormative and accurate than inormationgotten elsewhere. O course there are thoseolks who want their voices heard but reallyhave nothing to say. However, it is such ademocratic process to reely express onesel ina ree press without retribution.There will be plenty o letters, more than usual,in our local papers as the Election Day drawsnear. National, state and local candidates, localschool and community issues, and more willbe the topics on which people will want toexpress themselves.
-tor section o the local newspaper.
Letters to the Editor: A naturalblend of Freedom of Speech andFreedom of the Press
y Jred Reit, OCLRE director of rogrms
with which they agree or disagree. Havethem write a response letter then clip it tothe newspaper letter and hand it to youor your comments.
 use them as discussion topics in theclassroom.
daily to see i there is a trend amongthe voters in their community toward aparticular candidate or issue. Can ElectionDay results be predicted simply by usingthe Letters to the Editor?
strongly about a candidate and/or issueand may want to write a letter to theeditor. Students should check to see whatrestrictions may be in place on letters tothe local newspaper.
to the Editor ound in the New York Times,Chicago Tribune or any other major news-paper maybe the local newspaper as well.I am sure the students will nd those letterswith which they agree so they can go onthinking as they already do. Hopeully, theywill also discover the importance o dierenceo opinion, the importance o using correctinormation in support o arguments and thatFreedom o Speech and Freedom o Press arealive and well. Interesting to note, somedaythese students may say “Remember Letters tothe Editor…Remember newspapers when theywere paper?
Kee in touch ith theCenter nd e u-to-dteith the ltest rogrm-ming notes, nes, ndrofessionl develomentoortunities.
On July 31st, ExecutiveDirector Deborah Dehaanretired ater 13 years at thehelm. During Deb’s tenure,OCLRE has grown to becomethe largest state provider olaw-related education both in the number oprograms oered and teachers and studentsserved. More importantly however, OCLRE hasbecome a better, stronger organization becauseo Deb’s vision and passion. In recognition oher exceptional dedication to OCLRE’s mission,Deb will be honored with the Founder’s Awardto be presented during the 2012 Law and Citi-zenship Conerence. We are grateul or Deb’ssignicant contributions to OCLRE and wish hermuch happiness as she begins a new chapter.The Center’s Board o Trustees has establishedthe Deborah DeHaan Scholarship Fund to sup-port schools that need nancial assistance toparticipate in OCLRE programs and activities.Questions regarding the DeHaan ScholarshipFund may be directed to Lisa Eschleman at(614) 485-3500. Contributions o the Fundcan be made in care o OCLRE at 1700 LakeShore Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43204.The Center’s Board oTrustees and sta are happyto welcome Lisa Eschlemanas OCLRE’s new executivedirector. Ms. Eschleman is theCenter’s th director in its30-year history and is the rst director who isalso a lawyer.“It certainly is an honor to ollow Deb,”Eschleman said. “Through her leadership,OCLRE has grown to become one o the mostrespected programs in the country.” As anOCLRE volunteer since 1996, Ms. Eschlemanserves as the chairperson o the Mock TrialCase Committee.Previous to her leadership position with theOhio Environmental Review Appeals Commis-sion, Eschleman served as associate directoror pro bono at the Ohio Legal AssistanceFoundation, as a senior attorney at the CapitalUniversity Law School Family Advocacy Clinicand as a partner with Porter, Wright, Morris& Arthur.Welcome Lisa!
OCLRE bids adieu toDeborah DeHaanand welcomes newexecutive director

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