FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - October 2, 2000
Contact: Janet Eveleth
MSBA PR (410) 685-7878 ext. 225

STATE BAR KICKS OFF SCHOOL VIOLENCE PROGRAM
CONFERENCE PREPARES ATTORNEYS AND EDUCATORS

On October 11, the Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA) will officially kick off its statewide school violence prevention program with a one-day "Bringing the Law to Life" Conference at the Maritime Institute near BWI. At this gathering, 200 teachers, attorneys and community leaders will learn more about the problem of school violence in Maryland and the various school prevention measures available through MSBA and its volunteer attorneys. To curb school violence, MSBA is offering a prevention program in every school district in the state.

Maryland's Attorney General, J. Joseph Curran, Jr., will open the conference at 9:00 AM with a candid discussion on the problem of violence in the state's schools. Then, MSBA will showcase a number of violence prevention options that are available to schools to help teachers and students deal with the problem of school violence. A number of techniques, including peer mediation, conflict dispute resolution, teen court, anger management and "adopt a school" programs, will be covered.

A wealth of school violence prevention information, techniques and related materials will be shared during this conference. Once local school systems select a prevention program, MSBA will implement it in county schools. Through its educational arm, the Citizenship Law-Related Education Program, MSBA will tailor a prevention program to meet the specific needs of individual school districts, and local volunteer attorneys will implement it in local schools.

The press is welcomed to attend this conference, but is asked to register in advance by calling Janet Eveleth at (410) 685-7878 or (800) 492-1964, or emailing her at jeveleth@msba.org.

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