Superintendent’s Memo No. 276-14

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

October 10, 2014

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT:  Rule of Law Project

The Virginia Department of Education is pleased to announce that The Virginia Bar Association (VBA) and The Virginia Law Foundation (VLF) will sponsor the annual VBA Rule of Law Project in the fall of 2014 and the spring of 2015.  Begun as a pilot project in 2009, the VBA’s Rule of Law Project is an educational program taught by volunteer citizen lawyers and judges in Virginia and is specifically designed to enhance the teaching of the rule of law to middle school civics students in public and private schools throughout the state. 

The educational program materials for the VBA Rule of Law Project consist of:

The VBA Rule of Law Project is funded by a partnership grant from The Virginia Law Foundation.  A link to The Virginia Bar Association’s Rule of Law Project may be found at

If you have administrative questions regarding the VBA Rule of Law Project, please contact G. Michael Pace, Jr., President, Center for Teaching the Rule of Law, by e-mail at or by telephone at (540) 520-1915.  Education questions regarding the content of the project should be directed to H. Timothy Isaacs, Vice President for Education, Center for Teaching the Rule of Law by e-mail at  or by telephone at (540) 206-2823.