Lawyers in the Classroom
AbbVie Volunteers at Neal Math and Science Academy
September- October, 2014
Since 2012, AbbVie has strategically grown its partnership with North Chicago Community Partners (NCCP) and North Chicago Community Unit School District 187 (CUSD 187) to support, in a number of ways, efforts to increase student achievement in North Chicago Public Schools.
Beginning in the fall semester of the 2014-2015 academic year, members of AbbVie’s Legal Team volunteered their time with students at Neal Math and Science Academy, taking them through an educational enrichment curriculum focusing on various aspects of the legal system. Four AbbVie volunteers cumulatively served just over seven hours across three class periods, and covered the following topics:
- The Importance of Accurate Interpretation of the Law: Students were asked to look at the black, white and gray of laws. By creating a law deeming technology use in schools illegal, students had to talk through the implications and stringency of legality, as well as its protective benefits.
- Voir Dire: Students examined the process by which a jury is selected, and the importance of selecting a jury that is both fair and impartial. As a part of this lesson plan, students also talked through and considered potential jurors who may be more likely to judge a specific trial impartially.
- Human Rights and the Importance of Consensus: Conversation was facilitated to help participants reach a deeper understanding of important human rights. Students participated in small group decision-making activities with consensus as the targeted outcome and identified and practiced alternative ways to make group decisions, resolve conflict, achieve consensus and reach group goals.
NCCP and the staff and teachers at Neal Math and Science Academy are so grateful for this partnership with AbbVie and the opportunity it affords students to learn about thought provoking topics outside of their regular curriculum. We are looking forward to continuing the Lawyers in the Classroom program next semester and having the capacity to offer it to two classes of students at Neal Math and Science.