Teen Law School in the Classroom
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In the News: Aztec High School ROCKS the Law!

                                         ENews March 2014
Teen Law School in the Classroom: 
Essential Education for Arizona Teens
Helping young people learn about the laws that govern their daily lives is what Teen Law School is all about. Bringing that education to high schools across the state is what we're abuzz about in 2014. Plans are underway now to introduce our popular Arizona Law for Teens course to select public, private and charter high schools in the Fall.  The 8-week "mini-mester" of courses is designed to be taught during Health classes by visiting Teen Law School leaders and attorneys who cover the laws, penalties and real life consequences of typical teenage behaviors. Rules at school as well as relevant local, state and federal laws in the "Six D's" danger zones of Drinking, Driving, Dating, Drugs, Digital Drama and Dumb Stuff will be taught and discussed.

"When good kids make bad choices, dreams for the future can be derailed or completely destroyed, said Claudia Gilburd, Teen Law School CEO, "Brushes with the law and even long term school suspensions can seriously impact a child's preparation for college, career and life. Teen Law School equips teens with the knowledge they need to make smarter choices and the peer pressure skills they must master to stay on the right path." To learn more about Teen Law School in the Classroom, click here.
Parents: Do YOU know enough about AZ law to help your teens stay safe and protect yourselves?

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Parents who attend one of our "Your Teens and the Law" workshops have plenty to say when the class is over, most of it in shock and awe at the lessons they've learned. "We had no idea how vulnerable we are..."  "We're laying down new rules TONIGHT!"..."We'd be devastated financially and emotionally, if our child were caught doing what we KNOW he's doing...HELP!" We've published a short quiz on our website to test your knowledge of some basic Arizona laws concerning your parental responsibilities and liabilities.  Check it out by clicking here and then give us a call if you'd like to host a "Your Teens and the Law" workshop at your office, church, school or community center. 
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Claudia Gilburd polls students from Aztec High School in Yuma, Arizona
Aztec High School Students ROCK the Law!

Thanks to a one-time combined grant from the State Bar of Arizona and the Yuma County Bar Association, teens are learning about local, state and federal laws - hopefully before they have broken any of them.

A group of about 40 students at Aztec High School are receiving preventative education through the Teen Law School program, a workshop previously only presented to local youth already in the Diversion Program at the Yuma County Juvenile Justice Department. Mark Hessinger, business and legal development director for Teen Law School, added that the Yuma Union High School District will also be funding another 40 students at Vista Alternative High School to go through the program as well.

Through role-playing, small group activities and games; students go through an intensive four-hour class and learn peer pressure resistance skills as well as about laws pertaining to what Hessinger calls "The Six Ds," which are "Drinking, Driving, Drugs, Dating, Digital Drama, and Dumb Stuff."

Hessinger is a recently retired Supervising Deputy Yuma County Attorney who prosecuted local criminal cases for 10 years in the adult court and for 13 years in the juvenile court system where he retired as supervisor.

"All the years I was prosecuting juvenile delinquency cases I was hoping that someone would develop a curriculum to teach our young people about the laws that they might run into and the sometimes very heavy consequences for breaking those laws... and just before I retired I found out about Teen Law School when it was brought to Yuma by our local juvenile court," said Hessinger said. "I think this program is a real godsend." 

The program was developed by Claudia Gilburd, CEO and founder of Teen Law School, after an incident where her own son almost got into trouble with the law about eight years ago. "I learned about how the system works and I noticed that there weren't a lot of opportunities for kids to learn about the law. I certainly hadn't learned about it myself, so I thought that it was time kids were educated," Gilburd said.

The program is currently taught in a handful of other counties in Arizona and she explained that the goal is for it to become a course taught in public schools around the state."Our most important goal with this program is to reach kids before they have any contact with the system," said Gilburd.

After presenting the idea to the Arizona Department of Education, she said that they are now working to mold their one-time intensive course into a curriculum that allows for 45-50 minute sections that can be taught within the confines of a regular school day.

Class instructors consist of trained professionals and local attorneys who help teens understand penalties and real life consequences of breaking the law, in addition to information about legal rights protection.

Hessinger added, "Our mantra is, 'Whenever you break the law, you put your freedom at risk.' We're straight up with the kids, we can't guarantee them that if they break the law they'll get caught or if they get caught that they'll get prosecuted; but what we can guarantee is that every time you break the law, you put your freedom at risk, and sometimes it's a large loss of freedom."

In addition to the Teen Law School class, which is offered to any groups of teens at $75 a person, with discounts for larger groups, there is also a free 60 to 90 minute presentation available for parents groups, entitled, "Your Teens and the Law: What Every Arizona Parent Should Know."Teen Law School, Inc., is a contracted vendor of the Arizona Administrative Office of the Court. For more information about the classes,contact Hessinger or at 877-211-8824, ext. 706.

Sarah Womer can be reached at or 539-6858. Find her on Facebook at or on Twitter at @YSSarahWomer.  Reprinted with permission from Yuma Sun, February 16, 2014. Photo by Randy Hoeft/Yuma Sun

Is your school, church, organization or employer ready for a Teen Law School or LawU101 workshop? For group rates and more information, please call 1-877-211-8825.
The Team at Teen Law School, Inc.
P.S. Teen Law School does not offer legal advice, and nothing in this newsletter should be construed or mistaken as legal advice.  The only way to receive reliable legal advice is to consult with a licensed attorney.