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Dale Goodwin, Director
Peter Tormey, Associate Director
|GU Law Students Take Law to Rogers High on Friday|
SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga University School of Law students will team up with teachers at Rogers High School to teach an interactive lesson to Rogers junior American Studies students from 8 a.m.-2:35 p.m., Friday, Nov. 20 at Rogers (1622 E. Wellesley Ave.).
The lesson, entitled “The Value of Negotiating,” will place students in a mock negotiation with school administrators to discuss whether school uniforms should be mandated.
“The goals of this lesson,” Gonzaga law student Emily Yates said, “are to teach students about effective principles of negotiation and about the substantive analysis of administrators when they are deciding whether to change or enact a new policy in Spokane Public Schools.”
This is the third such lesson conducted by the Gonzaga Street Law Program, which pairs law students with American Studies teachers at Rogers. Previous lessons have taught students about their constitutional rights, focusing on the area of “search and seizure.”
The program, organized by Gonzaga Law School students, aims to teach high school juniors relevant legal knowledge and skills, and promote the pursuit of higher education among high school students. Currently, the program is a collaborative effort between Rogers’ teachers and Gonzaga law students. Each Street Law lesson is team taught by a Rogers American Studies teacher and two law students. Next year, the Street Law Program hopes to expand to other high schools in Spokane Public Schools.
For Yates, who grew up in Spokane and graduated from Lewis and Clark High School in 2003, developing and implementing this program has been uniquely rewarding.
“What I like about the law is working with people,” Yates said. “That I am able to work within a community where I grew up is especially meaningful to me. Hopefully, in a few years we’ll have a few of these students attending law school and coming back to teach with their former teachers.”
Brian Kissinger, the social studies department head at Rogers, sees great benefits for students and teachers alike.
“The program helps reinforce the Constitution unit we do the first part of the school year,” Kissinger said. “It is also great preparation for the required Constitutional Issues CBA (Classroom Based Assessment) we do in the spring.”
For more information about Friday’s interactive lesson at Rogers or about the Gonzaga Street Law Program, please contact Emily Yates at (509) 496-9989 or Brian Kissinger at (509) 354-6637.