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OUR MISSION
Project REAL reduces crime, protects students' futures, and makes Nevada safer for everyone. We do this by engaging the students we reach in conversations about laws, the consequences of breaking laws, constitutional rights, and how to exercise those rights.

Justice is rooted in knowledge, and our work brings more fairness and justice into the lives of the students we reach. For that reason, all of our resources are available at no cost to the schools, organizations, and families of Nevada who wish to use them.
OUR PROJECT & RESOURCES
Project REAL's unique activities and educational resources engage Nevada's students in critical thinking about citizenship, selfless action, democracy and the law, helping them to achieve REAL excellence.

Our Sequential Education Program helps to ensure that Nevada is populated by residents who respect the law and contribute to their community - people who work to create an environment they are proud to live in and call their own.

By fostering actions of mutual respect and selflessness, and by encouraging commitments to local communities, we contribute to a safer and more prosperous Nevada for us all.

We currently serve grades 3-12 with at least one unique law and civics related experience for each grade level. All of our activities are valuable on their own, but when received annually and sequentially they have a significantly greater impact on the students being served. As part of our ongoing efforts to expand and evolve our organization, we plan to eventually offer a full 13-year program of annual educational experiences for students in grades K-12.
OUR FOUNDERS
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Samuel S. Lionel Esq.
FOUNDER
Samuel (Sam) S Lionel is a Las Vegas, Nevada attorney and co-founder of Lionel Sawyer & Collins, a law firm focused on gaming. Lionel founded the firm in 1967 with former Governor Grant Sawyer and Jon Collins. It became one of the largest firms in the state, representing major Strip developers and gaming clients, Lionel Sawyer & Collins dissolved in 2015 and Samuel Lionel joined the Fennemore Craig law firm. Lionel is a retired Lieutenant Colonel, Judge Advocate General and a member and chairman of the Board of Bar Examiners of Nevada. He also served on the board of trustees of Nathan Adelson Hospice. Lionel received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2013. In addition to his many great law-related accomplishments, Sam is well known for his philanthropic efforts throughout the state of Nevada.


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Irwin Molasky
FOUNDER
As chairman of The Molasky Group of Companies, Irwin Molasky built Las Vegas' first master-planned community (Paradise Palms) and high-rise office building (the 17-story Bank of American Plaza), as well as the Nathan Adelson Hospice. Additionally, Irwin helped find the right location for the McCarran International Airport and assisted with the land purchase for the Las Vegas Convention Center. Through The Molasky Group of Companies, he built the Internal Revenue Service Headquarters and Social Security Administration building in Las Vegas, along with many other great achievements in real estate and development. Like Sam Lionel, Irwin is also known for his philanthropic efforts throughout the state of Nevada. Although Irwin passed away in July 2020, his legacy lives on in many ways – including through the work of Project REAL.
OUR STORY
In the fall of 2004, Las Vegas-based attorney Sam Lionel and development magnate Irwin Molasky were discussing what they saw as a troubling trend: Nevada's youth engaging in increased amounts of criminal activity, and failing to show respect for the law. Throughout their discussion, Sam and Irwin kept returning to the fact that many of Nevada's youngest criminal offenders had seemed oblivious to the laws they were charged with violating. By December of that year, the two philanthropists had joined together as founders of The Foundation for Relevant Education About the Law – an organization that would be renamed as ‘Project REAL' just a few weeks later.

In its first five years, Project REAL served Nevada by providing two law-related-education activities that Sam and Irwin had learned were being used with great success in other parts of the country.  The first of these was called Your Day in Court – a courthouse tour that introduced students to courthouse staff, and occasionally provided them chances to see live court in action.  

The second activity was called Play By the Rules - a book and series of activities licensed from the Alabama Center for Civic Education.  The center in Alabama took a publication they distributed that taught 200 of Alabama's laws and the consequences of breaking them, and created a version that was specific to the laws of Nevada.  This program was designed as a 10-15 day experience for middle school students.

Project REAL's Play By the Rules and Your Day in Court met with immediate success, with field trip schedules and spots in Play By the Rules teacher-trainings both filling up quickly.  Over time, that success allowed Project REAL to use evidence-based methods to expand and improve upon the resources it provides in Nevada. 

Today, those resources are part of a carefully-designed and highly effective sequential education program.  The sequence provided by Project REAL works to provide at least one law related education experience each year to Nevada's students during their K-12 education.  Currently, a student can have one unique experience a year from Project REAL from third grade all the way through grade 12. 

Samuel and Irwin envisioned Project REAL as an organization that would provide the foundation to foster a community of lawful and responsible young citizens, and in turn, a prosperous Nevada and safer communities for us all.  We are happy to carry on the legacy of the work they started, and continue to contribute to a safer and more engaged Nevada to this very day.
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In the fall of 2004, Irwin Molasky, a few key figures in the courts at the time, and I got together to figure out how we could help Nevada. Irwin and I had been noticing greater numbers of students making it into the news for criminal activities, and many of those news stories suggested the students did not realize they were breaking the law at the time of their incidents.

That is why Irwin and I called upon members of the community and together founded Project REAL: to ensure that the young residents of Nevada would have consistent access to informative and empowering law related education. Project REAL has been teaching the students of Nevada about the law and their rights since the early weeks of 2005, and today I am very proud to say that since those early days nearly 200,000 of Nevada's students have been reached by Project REAL's resources. Thanks to our work, those students are - and shall remain - safer, wiser, and more informed members of the communities they live in.

It has been an honor to have built this organization and watched it achieve such great successes over the years. Now I hope to have the honor of having you join me in supporting Project REAL as it reaches hundreds of thousands of more young Nevadans each year, for many years to come.

-Sam Lionel Esq., August 2020

Thank you for letting us experience court for the first time.  It was the best experience ever, thank you for everything. You really made me think about being a judge. Thank you


-Mina L [ Twitchell Elementary - Grade 5]

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2020-12-16T22:04:09+00:00
Thank you for letting us experience court for the first time.  It was the best experience ever, thank you for everything. You really made me think about being a judge. Thank you -Mina L [ Twitchell Elementary - Grade 5]

Thank you for letting us watch the civil case!  It was cool because it was a real case and not one played out. I had a lot of fun watching the other kids act out a session.  Thank you for your time.

- Kaylie [Hewetson Elementary - Grade 5]

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2020-12-11T20:39:35+00:00
Thank you for letting us watch the civil case!  It was cool because it was a real case and not one played out. I had a lot of fun watching the other kids act out a session.  Thank you for your time. - Kaylie [Hewetson Elementary - Grade 5]

My favorite part of the fieldtrip to the courthouse is when I got to play the part of Ron. I got to go on the witness chair and speaking. I helped Potter to be not guilty. Thank you for the great opportunity.


- Johnathan M  [Harmon Elementary - Grade 4]
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2020-12-16T21:47:04+00:00
My favorite part of the fieldtrip to the courthouse is when I got to play the part of Ron. I got to go on the witness chair and speaking. I helped Potter to be not guilty. Thank you for the great opportunity. - Johnathan M  [Harmon Elementary - Grade 4]
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