State Bar of Texas
July 21, 2009

Contact: Jan Miller, 800.204.2222 x 1821 or 512.663.4637

The Texas Bench and Bar's Best and Brightest to Train Texas Educators at the Teachers' Law School; Local Teacher Among Those Selected

AUSTIN – High-profile judges and legal experts will address Texas middle and high school educators during the Teachers' Law School, July 23-25, at the Sheraton Hotel in Austin, 701 E. 11th Street.

Speakers and topics include:

Hon. Cathy Cochran, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, "Introduction to the Justice System in Texas: Civil and Criminal"

Jim Harrington, Texas Civil Rights Project, "Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments: Civil Rights"

Sean Jordan, Office of the Attorney General of Texas, "The Supreme Court of Justice Roberts"

Hon. Jade Meeker, Travis County Visiting Justice of the Peace, and Tom Bridges, Portland City Prosecutor, "Probable Cause, Search and Seizure, and the Fourth Amendment" and "The Exclusionary Rule and Exceptions to It"

David Sheppard, "Developments in Forensic Evidence; Texas Criminal Justice Integrity Unit"

David Smith, Austin City Attorney's Office, "Justice in America: A View from City Hall"

Hon. Sam Sparks, U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas, "Seventh Amendment and Right to Trial by Jury"

Peter Vogel, Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, "Social Networking Legal Issues: Impact of the Internet on Society and How the Law Has to Change"

Mel Waxler, general counsel, Austin ISD, and Sara Leon, Powell and Leon LLP, "School Law"

Thirty-three teachers from throughout Texas were selected to participate. The government, law and law magnet program teachers will learn Texas criminal and civil law procedures and participate in presentations and roundtable discussions to prepare them to return to their classrooms.

The institute is sponsored by the State Bar of Texas Law-Related Education Department, Texas Bar Foundation, American Board of Trial Advocates, Western Judicial District of Texas, and Law Focused Education, Inc.

The State Bar of Texas is an administrative agency of the Supreme Court of Texas. The Bar provides educational programs for the legal profession and the public, administers the minimum continuing legal education program for attorneys, and manages the attorney discipline system. Since its inception in 1965, the Texas Bar Foundation has awarded more than $9 million in grants to law-related programs. Supported by members of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Bar Foundation is the nation's largest charitably-funded bar foundation.