Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Rebecca White Berch was recently presented with the Mark Santana Law-Related Education Award by the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education. The award recognizes exceptional contributions of Arizona attorneys or law firms in furthering education and understanding of the role of the law in our democratic society. The Chief Justice will be recognized for her years of tireless service to civic education in Arizona.
As a former teacher and long-time supporter of legal education, Chief Justice Berch has a record spanning a decade of "promoting, inspiring, improving and leading innovations in the field of civic education relating to the justice system". In addition to her broad support for civic education efforts, her leadership has included involvement in several specific civic education programs including Mock Trial, We the People and most recently successfully promoting icivic.org.
In promoting icivics.org, Chief Justice Berch has most recently worked with schools throughout the state of Arizona and with the Department of Education to integrate additional tools for teachers that teach civics education.
Chief Berch worked with US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor to implement the “iCivicsIt” program. This initiative pairs Justice O’Connor’s innovative civic education web site www.icivics.org and incentive elements for students and schools who log the most minutes on the web site.
Her support of the initiative has been far-reaching and diverse; from on the front lines teaching icivics.org in a junior high classroom to arranging high-level meetings with legislators and the Arizona Superintendent to garner support for increased civic education in the school.
About the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education
The Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education provides technical and financial assistance to legal aid organizations, schools and community groups. The Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education promotes “Access to Justice for All Arizonans” by supporting law-related education and free legal services and by promoting statewide collaborative efforts.
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