ADVANCING CIVICS EDUCATION MISSION STATEMENT


Advancing Civics Education (“ACE”) is a comprehensive initiative of the Philadelphia Bar Association that seeks to bring volunteer lawyers and judges into Philadelphia public high schools in order to engage in critical thinking about government, law and dispute resolution. The ACE enrichment program complements students’ existing social studies curriculum. The goals of the ACE program include the following:

  • Serving as role models and showing that adults in the community care about students’ success
  • Complementing existing curriculum in 9th grade social studies, or, in some cases, specialized law academy classes
  • Providing an opportunity for more interactive learning environments (small group work, role playing)
  • Encouraging critical thinking about the role of citizens, government and law in society
  • Providing additional support networks to prevent drop outs and encourage responsible decision making
  • Exposing high school students to diverse attorneys, judges and practice areas
  • Introducing some core principles that undergird our Constitutional legal system
  • Reflecting upon power structures at all levels of government, including appropriate methods of dispute resolution
  • Involving Philadelphia attorneys in the day-to-day challenges and successes of the city’s public schools
  • Enlivening the educational experience by linking current events to existing curriculum


Chair

Hon. Genece E. Brinkley
Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas,
Trial Division - Criminal
1404 Criminal Justice Center
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 683-7109
Genece.Brinkley@courts.phila.gov

Vice-Chairs

James R. Nixon, Jr.
Weber Gallagher Simpson Stapleton Fires & Newby, LLP
One Montgomery Plaza
425 Swede Street, Suite 1001
Norristown, PA 19401
(610) 272-5555
jnixon@wglaw.com

Nycole Watson
Deputy Chief Staff Attorney to the Majority Leader
Office of City Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr.
4th District Councilman
405 City Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 686-3416
Nycole.watson@phila.gov