On December 19, 2013 RSRM Associate Tara A. Barnes participated in a Civics and Law program at Patterson High School in Baltimore City, Maryland. The program was sponsored by the Maryland State Bar Assocation and the Bar Association of Baltimore City.
Legal professionals including the Honorable JoAnn Ellinghaus Jones, Carroll County District Court, Honorable Pamila J. Brown, Howard County District Court and several practicing attorneys in various fields presented lessons, activities and discussion on topics including Rights and Responsibilities, Free Speech and School Speech, Power and Empowerment and Law in a Cyber Age.
Tara Barnes, Judge Ellinghause Jones and Assistant State's Attorney Sidney Butcher presented a program on Law and Justice. This program enabled students to examine the nature and function of law in American society, explore the ideals of justice, due process, burden of proof, and the many factors that influence judging and sentencing in criminal cases.
The legal professionals also participated in a panel discussion where they discussed their roles and responsibilities, and provided helpful advice to students interested in pursuing a career in law.
The Civics and Law program was a huge success and exposed High School students to many important aspects of law. Local media, including WBAL was present and included a segment on this program.