Posted by William Nunnelley on 2007-01-29

The Alabama Center for Law & Civic Education at Samford University received a $5,000 grant from the Alabama Civil Justice Foundation to support its mission of teaching civic knowledge, skills and responsibilities to Alabama youth.

Located in Samford's Cumberland School of Law, the center is Alabama's only non-partisan resource and training center providing programs and educational materials to teachers and volunteers to support the civic mission in schools.

The center sponsors such programs as "Play by the Rules," a two-week curriculum to teach seventh-graders the laws to which Alabama holds them accountable. Developed in 2001 with the Alabama attorney general's office, Alabama Department of Education and Alabama Department of Youth Services, it is the only program of its type in the United States.

The Alabama Center for Law & Civic Understanding was founded in 1990 by Executive Director Janice A. Bedford.

About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.