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Virginia Rules is an educational program especially designed to help instructors, parents and students understand the law as it applies to teens in their everyday lives.

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Full Statewide Virginia Rules Program Launched

Virginia Rules publicationsAug. 4, 2014 -- Attorney General Mark R. Herring has announced the statewide launch of Virginia Rules. This initiative will include a dedicated Virginia Rules Coordinator and regional coordinators, statewide training and resources, expanded camp opportunities, thousands of updated and new workbooks and support manuals, and more.

"I'm really proud that we're making the Virginia Rules program available to educators and community leaders across the state," said Attorney General Herring. "It's a lot easier to help kids develop good decision making and life skills on the front end than to deal with the consequences on the back end ... I hope we're able to reach every student in Virginia and help them become active members of their communities and productive citizens of the Commonwealth."

The program will build on the pilot work done over the last four years as hundreds of law enforcement and education professionals have made Virginia Rules their own, adapting it to their students and providing valuable feedback. It will reside under Programs and Community Outreach in the Virginia Office of the Attorney General, headed up by Director Mary Vail Ware.

"To our fantastic Virginia Rules teachers, thank you!" said Mark Fero, longtime Virginia Rules trainer. "You do tremendous good in the community and have helped make this launch possible, and we're going to be working with you to do even more. To new teachers and program users -- we can't wait to work with you and expand on all the great work you do."

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Virginia Rules updates and new materials will be presented at the School Safety Conference in Hampton, August 4 - 6, 2014. Learn more and register for the annual School Safety Conference.

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Mark R. HerringWelcome from the Attorney General of Virginia

Dear Fellow Virginians:

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