MEET Lee Arbetman

With a law degree and a stint as a former social studies teacher, Lee Arbetman knows the best approach to teaching about the law. Lee’s work as a coauthor on Street Law: A Course in Practical Law brings law to life for students through real-world examples, case studies, and role playing.

In his ongoing effort to make learning about law in the United States accessible to students, Lee has written an article previewing the upcoming term of the U.S. Supreme Court. His special interest in the Court has led to his involvement as director of the Supreme Court Summer Institute for Teachers. This program, cosponsored by Street Law, Inc. and the Supreme Court Historical Society, brings together teachers from across the country for an intensive course on teaching about the U.S. Supreme Court.

Lee pursued his undergraduate degree at Grinnell College in Iowa. He earned a Master of Education at the University of Massachusetts and a law degree at George Washington University’s National Law Center.

As the acting executive director and director of U.S. programs for Street Law, Inc., Lee Arbetman is a busy man. But he finds the time to also develop the Corporate Legal Diversity Pipeline Program. This program promotes partnerships between corporate legal departments and high school law classes, aiming to teach the students more about civil law while encouraging them to think about future legal careers. He implements the Corporate Legal Diversity Pipeline Program throughout the country. He has also been an active member and former chair of the citizenship committee of the National Council for the Social Studies.

Although his professional life is very full, Lee makes time for fun and family. He is a jazz musician and plays saxophone in a band called the Jazz Barristers. Lee also pitches for a successful amateur baseball team in the Washington, D.C., area and is the father of seven-year-old twin girls who have not yet decided to pursue a legal career (or any for that matter).