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Classroom Law Project seeks volunteers

Classroom Law Project seeks volunteers for court tours and office help...

Do you believe in the power of democracy?  Want to know how you can help ensure that the next generation feels the same way?

For more than twenty-five years, Classroom Law Project has been bringing education, legal and business communities together by providing innovative, timely, practical, and fun programs for students K-12.  Our programs include Mock Trials, We the People, Project Citizen, Law Day, Youth Summit, and more.  Learn more on our website: www.classroomlaw.org.

At the moment, we are in great need of Court Tour guides and office help.  Below are descriptions of both...

Be a Court Tour Guide!

Would you like a good excuse to hang out in the courthouse and observe judges and other attorneys practice their craft? Can you spare one morning a month? Would you like to tell students about what goes on in the Multnomah County Courthouse and Justice Center? Then, being a Classroom Law Project Court Tour Guide is perfect for you!   Court tours begin in early October. Nearly 6,000 students, grades 5-12, visit the courthouse annually. Guides are needed to show them around. Qualifications are: • willingness to work with 30-50 students, parent chaperones, and teachers; • one morning (8:30-noon) or one afternoon (12:15-3:00) a month; • basic knowledge of court system and willingness to learn more.   New guides will shadow experienced ones to help them feel comfortable before guiding tours on their own or in pairs. Guides are responsible for: • contacting the teacher two weeks in advance of their tour (scheduling is done by Classroom Law Project) to go over details of the day; • calling judges’ chambers on the morning of the tour to update the docket; • doing a brief orientation with the school group in the Gus Solomon Courthouse (the former federal courthouse where Classroom Law Project’s office is located); • leading the group to the Justice Center and then to the County Courthouse; and answering questions along the way.   Classroom Law Project provides training for guides plus the docket, phone, courtroom for orientation, and contact info for teachers.   Many court tour guides are attorneys (current/retired), former teachers, or other civic-minded adults interested in sharing our judicial system with students. Being an attorney is not required though obviously very helpful. If you have friends who may be interested, please pass this along.

Office Volunteers

We provide free or low-cost training and materials for teachers all around Oregon.  This means lots of paperwork!  Projects vary between data entry, packet stuffing, mailing prep, research, nametag making, and more!

For more information on either opportunity or to sign up, contact Classroom Law Project at: [email protected], or 503-224-4424.

-- Classroom Law Project 620 SW Main St. Suite 102 Portland, OR 97205

ph: (503) 224-4424 fx: (503) 224-1721 [email protected] www.classroomlaw.org