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The Ohio Center for Law-Related Education (OCLRE) has presented Dr. Shirley Seaton, Liaison for Community Affairs at John Carroll University, with its highest honor, the Founders’ Award.


During the September presentation of the Founder’s Award in Columbus, Ohio,  the OCLRE praised Dr. Seaton with these words, “We know  of no  teacher  who has  done  more to create knowledgeable,  informed citizens  than  Dr. Shirley   Seaton  of  Cleveland’s  John   Carroll  University.”

Dr. Seaton’s commitment to law-related education began three decades ago when she served as principal at a Cleveland  elementary school.  She  was alarmed by  students  who had a poor image of law enforcement and believed police officers intended to only harm, not help them. Dr. Seaton   wanted to change attitudes and behavior.

Seaton is an original district coordinator for the “We the People” program, a congressionally supported curriculum available in all 435 congressional districts. Seaton’s leadership in the 11th district has led to the distinct offering of “We the People” as a service learning program at JCU. The service project at John Carroll University pairs student-tutors from the University with elementary and middle school students in the Cleveland and East Cleveland schools to teach the U.S. Constitution. John Carroll students in the Center for Service and Social Action use their knowledge of the U.S. government and their presentation skills to share stories and activities about the U.S. Constitution with the children. The program now embraces 75 JCU students in 13 public and parochial schools in the Cleveland area.


John Carroll University, founded in 1886 as Saint Ignatius College, is located in University Heights, Ohio, in suburban Cleveland. The University was renamed in 1923 to honor America’s first Catholic Bishop, John Carroll of Maryland. Its Jesuit Catholic mission inspires individuals to excel in learning, leadership, and service in the region and the world.  John Carroll University is recognized nationally for an exceptional four-year graduation rate, teaching excellence, and a commitment to living a faith that does justice as central to its mission. John Carroll is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States.