On behalf of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, I would like to invite you to participate in our outreach program, Robes to Schools. The program began on January 17, 2007, as part of my 2007 initiative as Chief Justice, "Year of the Child, Too."
The goal of Robes to Schools is to have as many of our jurists as possible – active and retired justices, circuit judges, family court judges and magistrates – make regular appearances in West Virginia schools. Judicial officers will volunteer to participate in Read Aloud programs in elementary schools and join a new speaker's bureau to talk to elementary, middle and high school classes about the judicial system.
I also invite you to learn about the Court's longstanding LAWS program. LAWS, an acronym for "Legal Advancement for West Virginia Students," is designed to educate high school students about the judicial branch of government. Participating students learn about a real Supreme Court case and then watch oral arguments in that case in person.
Class time is precious and many demands are put on teachers. The Court hopes these programs will enhance, not reduce, instructional time.
Robin Jean Davis