Description & History

JUSTICE RESOURCE CENTER

 

The Justice Resource Center (JRC) is a public/private partnership established in 1991, whose mandate is to develop, implement, replicate and evaluate law-related education projects which impact positively on the school age population in the United States.

 

Programs are geared to a diverse school age population representing great disparate ethnic, racial, and socio-economic groups, enabling students to learn about the functions of government, their roles and responsibilities as citizens, and to develop a heightened respect for the law.

 

Serving as the clearinghouse for effective projects, the JRC administers and/or facilitates the following programs:

 

NATIONAL MENTOR/INTERNATIONAL MENTOR

 

National MENTOR is designed to pair law firms, solo practitioners, or corporate legal departments with the public high schools. To date, 56 New York City law firms are paired with 56 public high schools. Two hundred pairs exist nationally, 3 pairs exist in Russia and two pairs are pending in Venezuela. Activities consist of lawyers visiting classes; shepherding students on court trips; and inviting students to visit their firms. These activities enable students to see firsthand, the inner workings of the courts and law firms. Lawyers serve as role models and expose students to law-related professions.

 

TEACHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT and CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT

 

The JRC administers teacher professional development workshops on law-related topics, enabling educators to expand their knowledge of the law enabling them to impart knowledge to students.

Curriculum development is achieved through an interdisciplinary and/or integrated model approach to the teaching of the law. Materials are disseminated and replicated nationally and internationally.

 

STUDENT PROJECTS

 

Student Projects include, but are not limited to, Conflict Mediation Programs, Internships, Community Service in law-related agencies, Student Conferences relating to Violence Reduction, Special Law Days, Individual Mentor Program, Model City Council Simulations, Mock Trials, Moot Courts, Mock Congressional Hearings, Public Policy portfolios, Law Enforcement Academies, Federal court visits, Computer Forensics, and law-related essay contests.

 

PARTNERSHIPS

 

To promulgate law-related projects, the JRC engages personnel from public and private agencies to assist in the implementation of project objectives. This runs the gamut from individual mentors to guest speakers to sponsoring student law conferences.

 

REPLICATION OF MODEL LAW PROGRAMS

 

The JRC has replicated successful “model” Law & Justice schools and smaller theme-based learning communities throughout the New York City public schools. The JRC has assisted school districts, nationwide, with replicating these models.

   

About the organization

Justice Resource Center

Contact:
Debra Lesser
Executive Director
212-580-5905
Carolyn Morway
Civic Education Coordinator
212-580-5905
Organization’s website:
http://www.jrcnyc.org