DATE: September 8, 2017
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction

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 2017 and the spring of 2018.  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 Project’s curriculum is Web-based (www.thecenterforruleoflaw.orgThis link takes you out of the Virginia Department of Education website ), and its educational materials have been developed by educators, administrators, parents, judges, and lawyers in collaboration with local school officials.

The Project is funded by a grant from The Virginia Law Foundation.  If you have administrative questions regarding the administration of the Project, please contact Bryan Horn (Regions 1, 2, 3, and 8) at or John Koehler (Regions 4, 5, 6, and 7) at  Education questions regarding the content of the project should be directed to H. Timothy (Tim) Isaacs by email at or by telephone at (540) 375-5776. Additional information is available from Betsy Barton at the Virginia Department of education at or by telephone (804)225-3454.