San Diego County Bar Association
A veteran San Diego, California, attorney, Terry Chucas has practiced law for over two decades. Currently focused on dependency appeals and serving on the dependency appellate panel for district courts in California, Terry Chucas is a member of the San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA). The SDCBA recently launched the Student Civics Engagement Academy to bring civics education to high school seniors in the community.
Civic education helps children learn the skills needed to succeed in today’s work environment. It empowers young adults in areas such as communication, critical thinking, collaboration, problem-solving, creativity, and entrepreneurship. However, as many school districts in California are phasing out civics from their K-12 curriculum, many young people graduate high school without learning civics.
SDCBA’s Student Civics Engagement Academy seeks to ensure high school seniors graduate with a strong understanding and appreciation of civics. The pilot initiative will admit 20-30 high school seniors who will be taught the role of civics and its applications through examples drawn from the surrounding community. Individual modules will be taught by business leaders, judges, attorneys, civics teachers, and conflict resolution professionals.
Through the training, SDCBA hopes teenagers will gain a better understanding of the democratic process, the operations of both national and state governments, their individual human rights and liberties, and their civic duties to vote and participate in discussions on policy making.
A privately practicing family attorney by profession, Terry Chucas is also a longtime hockey fan and a former competitive player. Terry Chucas competed from age 7 to age 45 and played in the 1984 International Tournament with the Canadian old-timers’ team.
In a standard game of hockey, there are six positions to fill on the ice at any time. The forward line consists of the right wing, left wing, and center players, the latter of which is responsible for covering the middle of the play area in both the offensive and defensive zones. The center also serves a role similar to that of the quarterback in football, as he or she plays face-offs and leads attacks on the competing goal.
The right and left wings play on their respective sides and play primarily in the offensive zones. They are also active in attempting to block opposing players’ actions, though blocking behind the defensive line is largely the responsibility of the two defense players. These team members cover either the right or left side of their own zone and attempt to keep the puck away from their goal and move it instead toward their forwards.
The team’s sixth player on the ice is the goalie, and his or her sole responsibility is to keep the puck out of the goal. The goalie wears special equipment to protect himself or herself from the puck, as the position allows the use of the body as a block. The goalie typically remains in the game for its duration and rarely leaves the net.
San Diego Padres
An accomplished attorney with over 25 years of experience, Terry Chucas oversees a solo family law practice in San Diego. In his free time, Terry Chucas enjoys reading, attending plays, and cheering on his favorite baseball team, the San Diego Padres.
As part of its community outreach efforts, the San Diego Padres recently held its Annual Teacher Appreciation Night at Petco Field on Friday, May 6, 2016. The event, which was held in partnership with National University, marked the 15th year that the Padres have celebrated local teachers with a special themed night at Petco Field.
Prior to the evening’s game against the New York Mets, the Padres and National University recognized 43 San Diego County teachers who were recently named District Teachers of the Year. In addition to honoring the Teachers of the Year winners, the Padres gave other San Diego teachers the opportunity to purchase a special game package that included a ticket in the Teacher Appreciation Night section and a Padres-themed notebook.