ABA-TIPS Event in Chicago

From the email:

ABA-TIPS Humane Education Project – Chicago

Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers (HEART), the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), and Northwestern Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) chapter are pleased to invite you to a free training workshop for the Humane Education Project of the American Bar Association’s TIPS Animal Law Committee. The primary objective of the Humane Education Project is to cultivate compassion and empathy in our youth toward animals and foster respect for the environment. For additional information on the program, please see below.

If you are interested in participating in this public service project and registering for a free training workshop from 10am-4pm on March 6, 2010 in Chicago, please contact Meena Alagappan of the ABA-TIPS Animal Law Committee at alagappan.meena@gmail.com. The registration deadline is February 19, 2010. Space is limited, so pre-registration is required!

The Humane Education Project is a joint public service project of the Animal Law and Law in Public Service Committees of the American Bar Association’s Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) and Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers (HEART), a non-profit public charity. The primary objective of the Humane Education Project is to cultivate compassion and empathy in our youth toward animals and foster respect for the environment.

TIPS solicits lawyer and law student volunteers from the ABA membership, and from the membership of state or local bar associations, to work on implementing humane education programs in their local schools. This public service project has been developed for elementary school children in 4th and 5th grades. In its pilot phase in the spring of 2009, the project was implemented in New York City and the District of Columbia where interested volunteers were trained by HEART’s instructional staff to offer a four-lesson humane education program. Click on the following link to read more about the successful launch of this project: http://www.abanet.org/tips/animal/projects/heart.html. We are now planning to extend the program to Chicago in the spring of 2010 and further expand the geographical reach of this public service program over time.

Humane education examines many of the challenges facing our world, and the specific lessons we are offering focus on people’s relationships to animals and the environment.  With studies that show there is a direct link between one’s treatment of animals and one’s treatment of people, along with the growing concern for the state of our planet, these lessons are imperative for creating a more peaceful and sustainable world. During the program students will consider the choices they make in their own lives and consider how they can do the most good in the world and cause the least amount of suffering to themselves, other people, animals, and the earth. The program invites students to become problem-solvers, engaged young citizens, and conscious choice-makers so that their lives become part of the solution to persistent challenges.

The vision of humane education is to instill in students positive character traits like compassion, responsibility, tolerance, and integrity and to deepen their awareness of the power of their daily choices. We are offering our four-lesson program at no cost to schools. This program has been embraced enthusiastically by students, teachers, school administrators, parents, government officials, foundations, and private individuals alike.

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