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.

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.