Street Law, Inc.

Educating About Law. Advancing Justice for All.

Silver Spring, MD   |  http://www.streetlaw.org/

Mission

Street Law, Inc. advances justice through classroom and community education programs that empower people with the legal and civic knowledge, skills, and confidence to bring about positive change for themselves and others.

Ruling year info

1997

Executive Director

Mr. Ashok Regmi

Chief Program Officer

Ms. Jennifer Whatley

Main address

1010 Wayne Avenue Suite 870

Silver Spring, MD 20910 USA

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EIN

52-2015256

NTEE code info

Citizenship Programs, Youth Development (O54)

Community Coalitions (S21)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

To navigate our law-saturated society effectively, people must have legal and civic knowledge. They also must have the skills and confidence to apply this knowledge to solve problems and advocate for themselves and others. The law can be a powerful tool for people to solve individual and community problems and achieve fair outcomes—if they know how to use it. Unfortunately, only 25% of young people currently attain a score of “proficient” or higher on the National Assessment of Education Progress Civics Assessment. Furthermore, minority students from low-income households are four to six times less likely to attain proficiency on this assessment. This data leads to a “civic education achievement gap.” Yet studies have shown that when Street Law-style legal and civic education is available, it works. People who receive this education are more likely to perform voluntary community service in their communities and are more engaged in current events.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Teacher Professional Development Programs

Skilled teachers make a huge difference in students’ lives. Teacher quality is significantly related to students’ test scores, academic achievement, higher rates of college attendance, and even higher incomes as adults. Teachers are in the classroom with students day in and day out, and have a professional responsibility to help them become active, engaged citizens.

Street Law offers professional development to high school civics, government, history, and law teachers to improve their subject-area knowledge and help them use effective teaching strategies.

Our professional development programs champion and teach strategies that build students’ civic skills and get them to engage deeply with content. We prepare teachers to lead simulations of government processes, and develop students' collaboration, deliberation, communication, advocacy, and problem solving skills.

All Street Law professional development opportunities meet teachers where they are, recognize their professional expertise, and provide connections to and working time with peers. We involve legal experts who offer unique firsthand perspectives on foundational concepts and evolving public issues. Our professional development sessions are supported by a deep portfolio of classroom-ready materials that teachers can adapt and use immediately.

We offer a regular schedule of professional development opportunities and also contract with school districts to design and implement custom offerings.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Street Law partners with organizations and agencies to empower society's most vulnerable people with the legal knowledge and civic skills needed to succeed as adults, combat inequality, and participate effectively in their communities.

We currently focus our Legal Life Skills Program specifically on serving these populations:

Youth in the juvenile justice system
Youth in the child welfare system
Crossover youth who are impacted by multiple systems
Re-entry youth and adults
LGBTQ+ youth
Homeless youth and adults
Youth in alternative education settings
Girls and young women
Survivors of domestic violence

Community organizations and agencies integrate empowering Legal Life Skills lessons into their program offerings. The lessons are be taught by different types of "instructors," including organization/agency staff and volunteers from the legal community like lawyers, legal professionals, and law students. Street Law trains and equips organizations and instructors with everything they need to lead participants through the practical law lessons and then provides ongoing support as the instructors teach. The lessons are designed to boost participant knowledge and build key life skills, like conflict resolution, decision-making, communication, analytical thinking, and advocacy. Street Law encourages organizations to involve youth leaders in selecting the lesson topics to be taught.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth

This suite of programs taps the knowledge of lawyers, legal professionals, law students, and police officers, who are trained by Street Law to teach young people about the law.

These programs include:

1) Street Law’s Legal Diversity Pipeline Programs, which partner law firms and corporate legal departments with nearby, diverse high school classes. Through classroom visits and a field trip to the law firm or legal department, volunteers teach lessons and lead activities designed to increase students' knowledge and interest in the law and legal careers.

2) Law school-based practical legal education programs—commonly referred to as “Street Law” programs—innovative programs in which law students teach non lawyers about law, the legal system, and the fundamental principles of democracy. Law students trained in interactive teaching pedagogy teach high school students, disadvantaged populations, and others the basic information, skills, and attitudes they need to thrive as active members of their society.

3) Our Police & Teens Program, which prepares and equips police officers to teach young people about the law in high schools and community settings. Its collaborative, dialogue-based approach helps build awareness, respect, empathy, and understanding between police officers and youth.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

In both developing and mature democracies, many people lack the basic legal knowledge, civic engagement skills, and confidence needed to effectively participate in civic life. To build and maintain a strong democratic society, countries and communities must invest in the citizens who will uphold and safeguard the norms, ideals, and values of democracy.

Often, it is these everyday citizens that are the most important and yet least served constituency for the development of a healthy democratic society. To bridge this gap, Street Law collaborates with law schools, NGOs, and government agencies around the globe to build public legal education programs, train educators, and develop teaching materials. Our international programs take a grassroots approach to change, empowering program participants with essential civic skills and knowledge, building their practical ability to advocate for themselves and others, and enhancing the rule of law.

Population(s) Served
Young adults

We equip educators with the textbooks, lesson plans, and teaching activities they need to be effective educators of law, government, democracy, and rule of law.

Street Law's teaching materials focus on topics that are relevant to students' lives and are designed to be delivered via interactive, learner-centered teaching strategies. They help educators increase students' knowledge and help students develop the skills they need to be civically engaged.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of teachers trained

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Teacher Professional Development Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of downloads of the organization's materials and explanations

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Curricula and Teaching Materials

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric includes both downloads and Street Law's numerous print materials.

Number of attorney volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Legal Community Partnership Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of young people reached by Street Law-trained educators each year

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Teacher Professional Development Programs

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Each year, Street Law trains educators who will reach this number of young people every year for as long as they teach.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Street Law develops interactive classroom and community programs that educate young people about law and government. Street Law programs and materials help advance justice by empowering people with the legal and civic knowledge, skills, and confidence to bring about positive change for themselves and others.

Street Law’s intended participant outcomes can be grouped into three categories: knowledge, skills, and beliefs.

1. Participants will develop an understanding of the way laws impact their everyday lives.

2. Participants will build skills related to problem-solving, communication, sharing opinions and respecting others’ viewpoints, negotiation, compromise, and self-advocacy.

3. Participants will grow their beliefs about the civic role individuals should play in their communities and their responsibility to take action to solve individual and community problems.

As a result, Street Law programs strive to create a just and fair world in which people understand how law and government work, how to effectively advocate for themselves and others, and that they can and should participate in civic life.

To achieve its mission, Street Law’s work falls under five broad categories.

1. Teacher Professional Development Programs that help social studies teachers improve the way they teach young people about law and government, building students’ civic skills and improving their civic knowledge and participation.

2. Legal Community Partnership Programs that tap the knowledge of lawyers, law students, police officers, and other legal professionals to teach young people—predominantly students of color in low-income urban areas—about law and careers in the legal profession.

3. Curricula and Teaching Materials that build youth’s civic knowledge and skills, are relevant to students’ lives, and delivered via interactive, learner-centered teaching strategies.

4. The Legal Life Skills Program, which provides customized curricula and training to agencies and community organizations serving disadvantaged youth and adults, empowering underserved populations with the legal knowledge, skills, and confidence needed to thrive.

5. Global Programs that partner with law schools, civil society organizations, and government agencies to help cultivate law-related knowledge, rule of law, and democratic culture around the world.

Street Law has been working to accomplish its mission for over 45 years! In 1972, a small group of visionary law students at Georgetown University Law Center developed an experimental curriculum to teach District of Columbia high school students about law and the legal system. The lessons were an immediate success, and, responding to their practical nature, the high school students called them “Street Law.” The name stuck.

Street Law’s 14 staff members are global leaders in civic education. Their backgrounds in law, government, and education enable them to work effectively throughout the U.S. and in more than 40 countries worldwide. They train individuals and organizations to teach young people about law, democracy, and government.

Street Law’s staff has facilitated trainings for legal experts at hundreds of law firms and companies, including counsel at over 40 Fortune 500 companies and attorneys at more than a dozen of the nation’s largest law firms. Street Law also has forged numerous partnerships with educators and school districts to conduct workshops that have helped thousands of teachers at schools across the country improve their teaching practice. Additionally, Street Law trains representatives from youth-serving community organizations to design programs that offer participants the legal knowledge needed to become productive members of society.

The staff has unmatched experience in curriculum creation, web-based resource development, program design, customized technical support, and professional development for educators and legal resource professionals. The groundbreaking textbook, Street Law: A Course in Practical Law, is the nation's leading high school practical law text. Oversight is provided by Street Law’s active 22-member Board of Directors, composed of experts in the fields of law, government, public policy, justice, and education.

Street Law has a proven track record of successfully managing grants and funding from government agencies and private foundations, including USAID, the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for Democracy, the Open Society Foundation, the McCormick Foundation, and the United States Departments of Justice, Education, and Health and Human Services. Scores of corporations and law firms are also Street Law donors. The organization has had a clean annual audit every year since its founding, including A-133 audits concluded without significant findings.

Since 1972, Street Law’s programming has reached millions across the US and in 44 countries worldwide. Below are statistics covering Street Law’s accomplishments in the 2018-19 school year, and a preview of the growth and improvement planned for each program area:

Teacher Professional Development Programs
• Street Law provided 116.5 hours of instruction to 688 teachers, who were trained to deliver interactive curricula that help young people learn about everyday law, discuss contested public issues, and build essential civic skills.
• 68,500 students will be reached by these teachers each school year.
• What’s next: Street Law will develop a one-on-one coaching model for teachers to further strengthen their impact on students.

Legal Community Partnership Programs
• Street Law recruited and trained 1,764 volunteers from the legal sector—attorneys, corporate counsel, paralegals, and law enforcement officers—to teach young people about practical legal concepts and pursuing legal careers.
• These volunteers provided 637 hours of instruction to young people.
• 4,577 students—predominantly low-income students of color—were reached by these programs at 83 US schools.
• What’s next: Street Law will pilot web-based trainings for volunteers from the legal sector.

Curricula and Teaching Materials
• The groundbreaking textbook, Street Law: A Course in Practical Law, reached over 31,000 students in the 2017-18 school year.
• Street Law’s free online teaching resources were downloaded 175,128 times in the 2018-19 school year.
• Street Law’s Landmark Cases materials—the premier teaching resource for Supreme Court instruction—received 2,045,227 unique pageviews in the 2018-19 school year.
• What’s next: Street Law will develop at least new 8 ready-to-use lesson plans over the next year.

Legal Life Skills Program
• The Legal Life Skills Program served over 270 youth and adults from vulnerable backgrounds—including young people involved in the juvenile justice system, young people aging out of foster care, survivors of domestic violence, and survivors of human trafficking.
• 184 Street Law-trained instructors and volunteers provided 262 hours of instructions to program participants. Lessons covered everyday legal topics such as housing law, employment law, rights and responsibilities when interacting with law enforcement, dating and sexual assault, and restorative justice.
• What’s next: Street Law will work with an outside evaluator to measure this program’s impact on young people over time.

Global Programs
• Street Law worked with in-country partners to develop public legal education programs and adapt curricula in six different countries last year, predominantly in the Middle East and Eastern Europe.
• Through these programs, Street Law trained 85 secondary school teachers, 97 law professors, and 136 law students to empower 4,650 secondary school students.
• What’s next: Street Law will measure the impact of its global projects.

Financials

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Street Law, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 2/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Amy Dunathan Hammer

Verizon

Term: 2016 -

Jim Burch

Police Foundation

Patrick Campbell

Milbank

Allison Cohen

Langley High School

Deepak Dutt

Echostar

Mike Gee

McGraw-Hill Education

Susan Hackett

Legal Executive Leadership

Amy Hammer

Verizon

Scott Hershman

White & Case

Peter Levine

Tufts University

Francis Mendez

ICF

Josephine Chang

GE

Christophe Mosby

HP Inc.

Peter Muniz

The Home Depot

Jenifer Robbins

Chicago-Kent College of Law

Savalle Sims

Discovery Communications

Carrie Valiant

Epstein Becker Green

Davina Biddle

Anthem

Mike Ciatti

King & Spalding

Adam Kushner

Hogan Lovells

Erin Murphy

Kirkland & Ellis

Jeffrey Kirsh

Coca-Cola (ret.)

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