RANTIN: River Bluff teacher gets her day in (Supreme) court

brantin@thestate.com (803) 771-8306June 18, 2014 

Meg Huggins

Meg Huggins

LEXINGTON, S.C. Court will be in session soon for River Bluff High School teacher Meg Huggins.

The Lexington 1 teacher later this month will attend the Supreme Court Summer Institute, presented by Street Law Inc. and the Supreme Court Historical Society, in Washington D.C.

Huggins is the lead teacher for River Bluff’s Law and Global Policy Development Center and is among 60 teachers selected nationally to attend the institute.

During her visit June 26-July 1, Huggins and other participants will study recent Supreme Court decisions and explore innovative methods to teach students about the law.

“I’m really excited to have other educators there and see how they do things in their classrooms,” Huggins said.

While at the institute, teachers will learn about the operation and jurisdiction of the U.S. Supreme Court and explore six cases from the current term. They will visit the Supreme Court three times, including a non-argument session where decisions could be announced.

Well-known Supreme Court lawyers, reporters, scholars and educators will be among the speakers and instructors.

“I’m really interested to learn what they have to tell us about those cases,” Huggins said.

The Center for Law and Global Policy Development curriculum is built around case studies involving social, environmental and economic issues that affect citizens on local, national and international levels.

Adding up teacher excellence

Gilbert High School teacher Suzanne Halloran recently received the 2014 Palmetto Citizens Youth Financial Educator of the Year Award during the school’s recent awards day ceremonies.

The award is given by Palmetto Citizens Credit Union to recognize teachers who effectively communicate the importance of financial literacy to their students.

Halloran teaches the school’s Leadership for the 21st Century course, which focuses on leadership assessment and potential. She received $1,000 for the award.

Palmetto Health 2014 board officers

The Palmetto Health board of directors has elected new officers for the coming year.

James E. “Rick” Wheeler, vice president of M-D MetalSource, was elected board chairman, while William L. “Freedie” Freeman III, vice president of sales at VOA Canada, was elected vice chairman.

Jerome “Jerry” D. Odom, retired executive director of University Foundations at the University of South Carolina, was elected treasurer, and Jean E. Duke, a financial consultant, was elected secretary.

New board members are Paul V. Fant, president and chief operating officer of Carolina Gas Transmission, and George S. King Jr., executive vice president of investment services at SCBT.

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