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Lawyers in the Classroom
Lawyers in the Classroom is a program designed to provide opportunities for students of all ages to interact with lawyers and judges in the classroom to further their understanding of the law. Volunteer speakers are available for presentations in area schools (elementary, middle and high school). There are a variety of law-related topics available for discussion, including juvenile law, careers in law and your rights as you become an adult.  All services are free of charge.

To participate or volunteer in the program, please contact Stephen Campbell at scampbell@bamsl.org.


Drop-Out Prevention
Drop-Out Prevention is a program created to encourage high school students to stay in school. Volunteer attorneys and non-attorneys speak at area high schools about the disadvantages of dropping out versus the advantages of graduating. The Law for Life program is a similar program aimed at students currently housed in the St. Louis City and County Juvenile Detention Facilities. Law for Life aims at helping Detention Center youth get their life back on track. Of course, the Law for Life program is not exclusively for Detention Centers. It can be used for any at risk youth.


Teens Speak Out!
Teens Speak Out! (TSO) is a program that gives St. Louis area high school students an opportunity to present proposals for community change based on the issues students feel most strongly effect them as teenagers and high school students. A panel of distinguished community leaders then critique the presentations and the students' proposals for change.

Participating schools are provided with a volunteer attorney coach (VAC). The VAC meets regularly with students at a designated facility (usually the school) to help with research, organization and presentation in the weeks before the forum.

During the forum, each team gives a 15-minute presentation before other student participants and community leaders. After each presentation, panelists ask questions, testing the students' knowledge of the issues and the likelihood of positive change. Students then have a final opportunity to defend their position.


Read Across America
Read Across America is an initiative on reading created by the National Education Association. One part of the project is National Read Across America Day, an observance in the United States held on the birthday of Dr. Seuss. Each year dozens of BAMSL members volunteer to read Dr. Seuss books to St. Louis grade school students. For more information, contact Stephen Campbell at scampbell@bamsl.org.


Truancy Court
The St. Louis County Truancy Court Program began in 2000 with the partnering of St. Louis County Family Courts, The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, and several school districts within St. Louis County. This is an intervention program that works with the school districts involved to try to steer at risk students back on track so as to avoid referring them to social services. Together with the school districts, the program forms a list of criterion that is used to determine which students are considered at risk. 


Volunteer judges and attorneys (serving as judges) work with chronic truants and their families in weekly court sessions.  Each student meets individually each week with the judge and the school counselor to identify the issues that are preventing him or her from attending school regularly and punctually or causing disciplinary or academic problems. The student’s progress is tracked through attendance, academic and disciplinary records, and progress reports from teachers. The judge discusses with the student and his or her parents how they can improve the student’s performance.  Sometimes the issue can be resolved by something as simple as purchasing the student a pair of shoes or an alarm clock or getting the parents to help out with homework.   

The program has been a huge success so far. It has been proven to improve two-thirds of the truant students that participate in some or all of their problem areas.

 

To participate or volunteer in the program, please contact Stephen Campbell at scampbell@bamsl.org.


Career Fairs
Career Fairs are sponsored by numerous schools through the year. BAMSL needs attorneys willing to attend schools and discuss careers in the law. BAMSL will ask you to participate for one career fair. Commitment is minimal.


If you are an attorney willing to volunteer for a career fair or a teacher interested in having an attorney attend their school, please contact Stephen Campbell at scampbell@bamsl.org.


Law Day Activities
BAMSL and its Young Lawyers' Division sponsor a host of Law Day programs and activities each May 1. Lawyers, judges, and other representatives of the legal profession often give school presentations on or around Law Day. By volunteering their time, they give students a memorable opportunity to learn about the law in action. Not only can they share with them their personal experiences, but they can convey how law and the legal system protect our freedoms. To set up a Law Day activity, contact Stephen Campbell
at scampbell@bamsl.org.


Speaker's Bureau
BAMSL's Speaker's Bureau Program consists of volunteer members who agree to participate in BAMSL’s community outreach to schools, businesses, media, and other civic organizations requesting legal expertise. Attorneys volunteer to attend a classroom, meeting, or event and discuss a specified topic. All attorneys volunteer their time; therefore, the program is free of charge.  

Please contact Stephen Campbell at scampbell@bamsl.org
for more information.


Student Internships
BAMSL was influential in founding the St. Louis Internship Program in 1992. SLIP offers internship opportunities for young women and men in their sophomore or junior year of high school who exhibit a willingness to learn, adaptability to changing business practices, presentation of communication skills, exhibition of initiative and an understanding of business etiquette. For more information, visit the St. Louis Internship Program website.

For more information on these programs, contact Stephen Campbell at scampbell@bamsl.org.

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