March 22, 2016 - University of Houston Law Center Externship Director Erma Bonadero recently introduced legal education to middle school students as part of a new program started by the Houston Bar Association.
The “Teach Texas” pilot program was organized by the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society and the State Bar of Texas' Law-Related Education Department. Its teachings are based on the book, "Taming Texas: How Law and Order Came to the Lone Star State," by James L. Haley.
"I believe it's important for students to learn how to become responsible citizens at a young age,” Bonadero said. “To do that, they must understand how the different branches of government work -- both individually and together.”
Bonadero along with Harris County Probate Court No. 4 Judge Christine Butts spent two recent afternoons teaching the curriculum to seventh grade students at Willman J. Plummer Middle School in the Aldine Independent School District, and presented the classrooms with copies of the "Taming Texas" book.
The Teach Texas Committee comprises volunteer judges and attorneys who visit Houston area middle schools to teach seventh grade students the history of Texas law and judicial ethics, as well as how the state’s court system fits into the larger picture of Texas history from the days of Stephen F. Austin to the present.
The Houston Bar Association is currently seeking additional volunteers to participate in the program. Click here for more information.