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The Rule of Law in History
Almost every day we learn something new about the history of the Rule of Law. These glimpses of the past are posted to the Center's Facebook page. We invite you to submit your own suggestions. Check out prior posts on the Archives Page. Here is the latest post:
On December 5, 1933, the 21st Amendment to the United States Constitution repealing the prohibition of the sale of alcohol as mandated by the 18th Amendment become law when Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Utah become the 34th, 35th and 36th states to ratify; Maine voted to ratify the following day. South Carolina had refused to ratify on December 4, 1933, and in the prior month voters in North Carolina refused to call a convention to consider ratification. The Amendment went into effect 10 days later, but public celebrations began almost immediately. Thirty-three states still permit localities to determine whether to prohibit the sale of alcohol entirely, with one, Kansas, requiring counties to affirmative vote to allow liquor sales
- December 7, 2017: Roanoke College Coffee Shop Talk: "The Rule of Law and the Protestant Reformation: Protest and Reform" with Tim Isaacs and Mike Pace.
- 8 PM at Mill Mountain Coffee and Tea, 17 East Main Street, Salem, Virginia.
Free and Open to the Public.
- January 19, 2018: Rule of Law Day Program at Gretna Middle School.
- January 31, 2018: Rule of Law Program at Martinsville Middle School.
- April 10-13, 2018: Rule of Law Day Programs in Lynchburg.
- April 23, 2018: Rule of Law Day Program at Martinsville High School.
Past Events of 2017:
- December 1, 2017: Rule of Law Program Day at Clifton Middle School.
- November 28, 2017: Rule of Law Day Program at Daniel Morgan Middle School in Winchester.
- November 27, 2017: Rule of Law Program Day at Martinsville High School.
- November 21, 2017: Rule of Law Day Program for Chesterfield County and Colonial Heights High School Students. This special program will bring 10 students from each CCPS high school and Colonial Heights High School together at the Chesterfield Career and Technical Center @Hull St. There will be speakers, a mock trial, and breakout sessions with volunteer judges and lawyers. The Center gratefully acknowledges the efforts of Justice Cleo E. Powell of the Supreme Court of Virginia, Judge Vanessa L. Jones of the 12th Judicial District of Virginia, and Dr. James F. Lane, Superintendent of Chesterfield County Public Schools in arranging for this program.
- November 20, 2017: Rule of Law Assembly at Brambleton Middle School in Loudoun County
- November 15-19, 2017: Presenters and exhibitors at the National Council for the Social Studies 2017 Conference at San Francisco’s Moscone Convention Center; Presentation topic – “Walk in Their Shoes: Challenges Facing a Globally Diverse World” – exposes teachers to activities that allow students to collaboratively design and evaluate creative solutions to the complex challenges facing an ever more diverse and pluralistic national and global community.
- November 15 and 16, 2017: Rule of Law Day Programs in Henry County.
- November 14, 2017: Rule of Law Assembly Program at Luray Middle School
- November 3-4, 2017: Presenters, exhibitors, and contributing sponsor of the Virginia Council of Social Studies Educators’ 2017 Conference at the Richmond Marriott; Presentation topic – “On the Threshold: From Colonial Past to Global Future” – offers teachers a problem-based learning activity that connects America’s history of the rule of law to solving challenges facing today’s global community.
- November 2, 2017: Prince Edward HS and Fuqua School ROL Day event at the Moton Museum in Farmville.
- October 27, 2017: Rule of Law Day Assembly at Perry McCluer Middle School in Buena Vista.
- October 24-27, 2017: Rule of Law Day Programs in The Roanoke Valley Public Schools.
- October 23, 2017: Rule of Law Day Program in Madison County at Wetsel Middle School
- October 12 and 13, 2017: Rule of Law Program at New Kent County Middle School
- October 9, 2017: Participated in a discussion of the how the Rule of Law affect economic growth in a joint program at Roanoke College with the Center for Economic Freedom.
- October 2, 2017: Rule of Law Program at Luray High School.
- October 3, 2017: Rule of Law Program at Page County High School.
- September 11, 14, 18, and 21, 2017: Participated in the Big Brother/Big Sisters After-School Mentoring Program for Roanoke City elementary students at the Oliver Hill House: Used soccer as a metaphor to help students understand the importance of the rule of law in their daily lives.
- September 15, 2017: Taped the first set of weekly podcasts at the Potter Studios on the grounds of James Madison’s Montpelier. Our first two guests were Annie Evans, Social Studies Specialist for Charlottesville Public Schools and Ray White, Executive Director of The Virginia Law Foundation. The four podcasts will be broadcast beginning in October.
- July 15, 2017: Presentation to the Young African Leaders’ Institute at James Madison’s Montpelier – Led conversation on the rule of law with 25 participants in the Washington Mandella Fellowship Program.