Supreme Court of North Carolina Justices Paul Newby and Sam Ervin promoted the Judicial Branch’s civics education and Speakers Bureau programs to social studies teachers at the North Carolina Council for the Social Studies annual conference. The conference was attended by approximately 500 teachers and school administrators, and was held February 8-9 at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro.
During the hour-long session, Justices Newby and Ervin highlighted the Judicial Branch’s civics education resources and encouraged teachers to invite Speakers Bureau members into their classrooms for presentations. The justices then discussed civics education topics with the session’s attendees that included the importance of juries, North Carolina’s common law origin, and the obligation of judges to enforce all laws regardless of the law’s popularity. The justices wrapped up their session with a question and answer period, and were available to take questions after the session ended.
The session was attended by approximately 30 social studies teachers and school administrators. Many of the attendees stayed behind after the session concluded to take pictures and meet the justices in person.