Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2007-01-11

The Alabama Center for Law and Civic Education (ACLCE) will offer a training session on "Play by the Rules: Alabama Laws for Youth" at Samford University Thursday, Jan. 18.

The one-day program is designed for teachers, administrators, counselors, law enforcement/school resource officers and other professionals who serve youth.

"Play by the Rules" is a two-week curriculum and accompanying juvenile law text that is designed to teach seventh graders the laws to which Alabama holds them accountable. The program was developed in 2001 by the ACLCE in collaboration with the Alabama Office of the Attorney General, the Alabama Department of Education and the Alabama Department of Youth Services. It is the only program of its kind in the U.S.

Registration fee is $25 for Thursday's training session, which will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 3 p.m. For registration information call 1-800-888-7301 or (205) 726-2433, or check the website at

Other training sessions will be held in Huntsville on Feb. 2 and Mobile on March 2.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.