Salem-based Roanoke College has established The Center for Teaching the Rule of Law, an organization aimed at educating the public about the importance of the rule of law in providing justice, equality, fairness and stability in the world.
“The most significant challenge in the world today is educating our youth about the importance of the rule of law in their lives and the need to promote, preserve and protect it,” G. Michael Pace, Jr., the center’s founder and CEO, said in a statement. He is managing partner at Gentry Locke Rakes Moore LLP. “Unfortunately, there is less emphasis on teaching history, social studies and civics than ever before. The center exists to provide the resources to effectively address this critical gap in knowledge.”
Michael Maxey, president of Roanoke College, said “the work of the center is critically important and we are excited about working together.”
Maxey added that the center will serve as a forum for discussion, scholarly research and collaborative initiatives with other organizations.
The center’s flagship program is the Virginia Law Foundation/Virginia Bar Association Rule of Law Project, in which lawyers and judges teach elementary, middle and high school students about the rule of law.
Timothy Isaacs is the center’s vice president and director of education.
The college provides office space, technical support, grant writing and grant administration, access to student interns and collaborative opportunities with professors and academic departments.
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