Civics Education Resource Guide


NCSC has gathered a list of national organizations whose mission it is to educate others about the government and law. Some organizations provide lesson plans or other materials, which teachers, court leaders, or even parents, may consider as useful educational learning tools.

If you have a civics education program that is not listed and should be, please contact Deirdre Roesch or Lorri Montgomery.

Cumberland School of Law
800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, Alabama 35229
Phone: (205) 726-2433
Toll Free: (800) 888-7301

Mission and Goals: The Alabama Center for Law & Civic Education (ACLCE) is dedicated to educating young citizens in civic knowledge, skills and responsibilities. ACLCE is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit civic education organization which was established in June of 1990. ACLCE is a nationally recognized resource and training center for teachers, school resource officers and community leaders.

The goal of ACLCE is to prepare youth to become active, engaged and informed participants in a democratic society. We offer innovative programs that are relevant to the diverse needs of Alabama’s students and teachers. Over the past 20 years, we have built an energetic and cost-effective non-profit organization that utilizes the power of an experienced staff and a large group of committed volunteers to reach educators, schools, and students throughout the state.

Programs Developed/Distributed/Implemented:

  • We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution
  • Play by the Rules
  • Teen Court of Jefferson County
  • Street Law

303 K Street, 5th Floor
Anchorage, Alaska 99501
Phone: 907-264-0879

Mission and Goals: Each year, the Alaska Court System works with legal organizations and educational groups to foster law-related education in our state. The Alaska Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Anchorage Bar Association and other groups offer excellent educational programs that help students better understand our legal system and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. Whether you are an educator, parent or student, we hope you will explore these opportunities for civic engagement and learning, which include iCivics, Supreme Court LIVE, Color of Justice, Law Day, and the Alaska High School Mock Trial Championships.

321 N. Clark Street
Chicago, Illinois 60654
Phone: 312.988.5735
Fax: 312.988.5494

Mission and goals: The six goals that follow constitute the priorities of the American Bar Association Division for Public Education and guide the programs and practices of the division for public education.

  • To promote the highest-quality education about law in schools (kindergarten through adult classes)
  • and in community settings.
  • To stimulate public awareness of, and dialogue about, law and its role in society.
  • To mobilize the resources of the ABA to promote public understanding of law and the legal profession.
  • To establish mechanisms that encourage and recognize individuals and institutions for advancing public understanding of law.
  • To include diverse peoples, organizations, and perspectives in the planning and implementation of programs and in the audiences our programs serve.
  • To form partnerships to develop and implement public education programs about law.

Programs Developed/Distributes/Implemented: We offer law-related resources and programs to educators, students, journalists, legal professionals, opinion leaders, and the public to promote understanding of law and its vital role in our society. Programs and resources include:

  • Insights on Law and Society, a magazine for civics, government, history and law high school teachers
  • Federal Trials and Great Debates Summer Institute for Teachers, co-sponsored with the Federal Judicial Center
  • Local and National Civics & Law Academies
  • Pr e view of the United States Supreme Court Cases, a publication with key background information on all current U.S. Supreme Court cases and briefs, written in easy to understand language
  • Law Day and Constitution Day resources
  • Programs including the Leon Jaworski Public Program, On the Docket and National Law-Related
  • Education Conference (bi-annual)

2001 Bryan St., Suite 3000
Dallas, Texas 75201
Point of Contact: Brian W. Tyson, Executive Director
Phone: (214) 871-7523

Mission and Goals: The mission of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) is to provide education concerning the history and value of the right to trial by jury.

Programs Developed/Distributed/Implemented: The ABOTA Academies consist of the following:

  • Justice By the People is used by middle and high school teachers to introduce the concepts and practice of jury trial.
  • James Otis Lecture Series – lectures held in historic government buildings by a noted historian to honor Otis, who played a crucial role in the Revolution of the Bill of Rights
  • Teacher's Law School – a 3-4 day concentrated course on legal subjects relevant to civics education
  • Constitutional Law Workshop –a full-day educator workshop in collaboration with The National Constitution Center. Two nationally renowned constitutional scholars lecture; curriculum development training and classroom materials are provided
  • Journalist Law School – leading journalists receive a 3-day course on legal topics, principles and procedures
  • Civility Matters – this project provides a DVD and published materials, wherein nationally recognized attorneys and judges discuss civility and professionalism to law schools, courtrooms, and bar associations nationwide
  • Masters in Trial – mock trials conducted in various cities 15 to 20 times per year
  • ABOTA Trial College – a rigorous school for aspiring trial attorneys. The program features intense instruction on trial presentation and technique with critiques by ABOTA members and judges.

Civics Programs are Tailored to:

  • Middle school
  • Teachers

3501 W. Alabama, Suite 200
Houston, Texas 77027
Phone: (713) 627-2698

Mission and goals: The American Heritage Education Foundation (AHEF) is a non-profit, non-partisan educational foundation (501.c.3) dedicated to the understanding and teaching of America's factual and philosophical heritage to promote constructive citizenship and Freedom, Unity, Progress, and Responsibility among our students and citizens. AHEF accomplishes this patriotic mission by writing, producing, and distributing FREE K-12 lesson plans to teachers, students, and families in all 50 states and through additional initiatives, programs, and partnerships.

Programs Developed/Distributed/Implemented: America's Heritage: An Adventure in Liberty is a tested lesson plan resource and supplement for Kindergarten-12th grade teachers of social studies, U. S. history, U. S. government, political science, economics, geography, speech, and/or related subjects. Written by fellow teachers, the resource consists of age-appropriate and modifiable lesson plans grouped into three separate books according to level: elementary, middle, and high school. Each elementary school lesson plan correlates practically with the nationally applicable Core Knowledge Skills (grades K-6) (national edition). The elementary school lesson plans include lessons about the colonists' experience under monarchy; the context for the writing of the Declaration of Independence; the creation of important American symbols, songs, and holidays; and the character traits modeled by great national leaders and presidents. Each middle and high school lesson plan correlates with the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) standards (national edition). The middle school lesson plans include lessons focusing on concepts within the Declaration of Independence, the Gettysburg Address, and other important texts and American symbols as well as the ideals for which many fought and sacrificed their lives. The high school lesson plans include lessons for in-depth analysis and understanding of the ideas, intentions, arguments, rights, and meanings addressed in significant texts from the Mayflower Compact and the Declaration of Independence to Federalist 47, the First Amendment, and a government letter on religious expression in public schools.

4201 N. 24th Street
Suite 210
Phoenix, Arizona 85016-6288
Point of Contact: Joannie D. Collins, Director of Quality Enhancement
Phone: 602-340-7279

Mission and Goals: The Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education unites community partners, educators, and youth to help all Arizonans be competent, responsible citizens throughout their lives:

  1. To be informed with an appreciation of history and the fundamental processes of American democracy; an understanding of public issues; an awareness of personal rights and responsibilities; and ability to obtain information and think critically.
  2. To respectfully participate in communities while working with an array of cultural, social, political, and religious interests and beliefs.
  3. To hold the skills enabling respectful civil discourse, knowledge of processes for petitioning and protesting, and awareness of the responsibility of voting.
  4. To hold the civic virtues of concern for the rights of others, social responsibility, tolerance and respect, and belief in the capacity to make a difference.

Programs Developed/Distributed/Implemented: The Arizona Supreme Court and the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education partner to develop and implement civic education programs that empower Arizona individuals, communities, and schools. The civic education programs include:

  • I-Civic-It!
  • Arizona Teen Association
  • Behind the Laws & Decisions
  • Connecting with Classrooms
  • Law Day
  • We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution
  • We the People: Project Citizen.

The unique aspects of the vast array include: crossing and intertwining generations, providing youth, adults, and senior citizens with increasing civic knowledge while engaging them; utilizing interactive technology for ease in access and efficiency in operations; recognizing accomplishments for al participants; encouraging partnerships with both private and public sectors; and, inviting all branches of government to participate in programs.

Civics Programs are Tailored to:

  • Elementary School
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • Adults
  • Teachers
  • Others
  • SROs and JPOs

Justice Building
625 Marshall Street
Little Rock, AR 72201
Point of Contact: Nick Shumate, Public Education Coordinator
Phone: 501-410-1935

Mission and Goals: The Judicial Branch Education Division of the Arkansas Administrative Office of the Courts recognizes the relationship between civics education and the effectiveness of the American justice system. It strives to develop programs that instill in students a sense of familiarity with the court system, respect for the rule of law, and ownership of their future.

Programs Developed/Distributed/Implemented: Students creating art projects, observing their Arkansas Supreme Court, and being inundated with trial and appellate judges in the classroom – all are part of the civics projects sponsored by the Judicial Branch Education Division of the Arkansas Administrative Office of the Courts.

Elementary and middle school students participate in art projects with themes based on love of country and the legal system. The winning artwork permanently hangs in the Justice Building.

The Supreme Court travels twice a year for “Appeals on Wheels” where local students of all ages attend the oral argument and Justices later visit in the classrooms.

Judicial Council, consisting of appellate and trial court judges, participate in a special project with over 100 judges streaming into classrooms for a civics outreach program.

Civics Programs are Tailored to:

  • Elementary School
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • College

Baylor University
Waco, Texas 76798

Programs Developed/Distributed/Implemented: Baylor University’s online doctorate of education program has collected tips, resources, and ideas for teachers looking to incorporate action civics lessons into their curriculum.

The program provides lessons on the basic tenets of citizenship and democracy, as well as resources and training materials for the classroom including, "Generation Citizen," "Earth Force," "Generation Nation," and "The News Literacy Project."

200 N. Glebe Road, Suite 1050
Arlington, Virginia 22203

Mission and Goals: Bill of Rights Institute, established in 1999, is a 501(c)(3) not for profit charity focused on providing educational resources on America’s Founding documents and principles for teachers and students of American History and Civics. The mission of the Bill of Rights Institute is to educate young people about the words and ideas of America’s Founders, the liberties guaranteed in our Founding documents, and how our Founding principles continue to affect and shape a free society. It is the goal of the Institute to help the next generation understand the freedom and opportunity the Constitution offers. The vision of the Institute is to create a citizenry that has the knowledge, values, dispositions, and skills to exercise the rights and responsibilities needed to maintain a free society.

Programs Developed/Distributed/Implemented: The Bill of Rights Institute offers programs and events for both educators and students.

  • For Educators: The Bill of Rights Institute offers a variety of educational programs and instructional materials for educators. These include constitutional seminars around the country, as well as printed and online teachers’ guides for use in history, government, civics, and social studies elementary, middle, and high school classes.
  • For Students: Students can write an essay about the most important civic value in the Being an American Essay Contest for a chance to win $5,000 and a trip to Washington D.C. The Contest is designed to promote dialogue between students and teachers about American civic values and Founding principles. Students can also apply for the Constitutional Academy

The Academy is the nation’s premier program for high-school students to study the Constitution, and is designed to encourage enthusiasm for learning, prepare students for the academic challenges of a college education, and provide the intellectual tools to create more effective, engaged citizens.

21600 Oxnard Street, Suite 500
Woodland Hills, CA 91367
Tel: 818-591-9321
Toll Free: 800-350-4223

Mission and goals: The Center for Civic Education is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization based in California.

The Center’s programs are implemented with the assistance of a network of public- and private-sector organizations and educational leaders in every state and congressional district in the country and in more than eighty other countries, many of which are emerging and advanced democracies.

The Center has its roots in the interdisciplinary Committee on Civic Education formed at the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1964 to develop more effective curricular programs in elementary and secondary civic education. In 1969, the Center became affiliated with the State Bar of California. In 1981, the State Bar established the Center for Civic Education as an independent nonprofit organization that remains affiliated with the State Bar.

The principal goals of the Center's programs are to help students develop (1) an increased understanding of the institutions of constitutional democracy and the fundamental principles and values upon which they are founded, (2) the skills necessary to participate as competent and responsible citizens, and (3) the willingness to use democratic procedures for making decisions and managing conflict. Ultimately, the Center strives to develop an enlightened citizenry by working to increase understanding of the principles, values, institutions, and history of constitutional democracy among teachers, students, and the general public.

Programs Developed/Distributed/Implemented: The Center offers the most effective programs in the world in civic education for democracy. The main curricular programs of the Center are the following:

  • We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution, which is used at upper elementary, middle, and high school levels and in colleges and universities.
  • We the People: Project Citizen, which is used at upper elementary, middle, and high school levels and in colleges and universities.
  • Foundations of Democracy, which is used in classrooms ranging from kindergarten through the twelfth grade.

PO Box 2184
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87103-2184
Phone: (505) 764-9417

The Center for Civic Values (CCV) was founded originally in 1962 as the New Mexico Bar Foundation and is organized as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable and educational corporation. Offices are in Albuquerque, New Mexico; program activities have been conducted throughout the state; and, educational materials have been used in classrooms and mock trial programs across the country.

620 SW Main Street, Suite 102
Portland, OR 97205
Phone: 503-224-4424

Mission and goals: Classroom Law Project is a non-profit organization of individuals, educators, lawyers, and civic leaders building strong communities by teaching students to become active citizens.

Classroom Law Project began and still operates every day on a single core belief: the way to preserve democracy is to teach democracy. And the best way to teach democracy is to incorporate its many vital lessons and principles into the school curriculum. Students learn through mock trials, simulated hearings, discussing public issues and much more, gaining the knowledge and tools required for active, effective participation as citizens in our contemporary democratic society. Their teachers are supported with professional development and new strategies for increasing student knowledge and engagement.

Programs Developed/Distributed/Implemented: Classroom Law Project brings education, legal and business communities together by providing innovative, timely, practical, and fun civic education programs for students K-12. Some of the programs include:

  • Courthouse Experience Program
  • High School Mock Trial Competition
  • Law Day
  • Oregon Civics Conference for Teachers
  • Private consultations
  • Teacher professional development
  • Project Citizen
  • Street Law
  • We the People
  • Youth Summits

1900 Grant Street, Suite 900
Denver, Colorado, 80203
Phone: (303) 860-1115, or (800) 332-6736

The Colorado Bar Association was founded in 1897 and has 17,500 members. Priorities for the CBA include:

  • Assist members in improving practice quality
  • Economics and efficiency
  • Support and improve the Justice System
  • Enhance public confidence in the legal profession

Programs Developed/Distributed/Implemented:

  • Our Courts - Nonpartisan information programs for adult audiences to further public knowledge and understanding of the state and federal courts in Colorado.
  • Colorado Bar Association High School Mock Trial Program - Students perform as attorneys and/or witnesses in a court case. Attorneys, judges, teachers, and other community leaders instruct students about the judicial system and the trial process through this educational program.

30 Bank Street
PO Box 350
New Britain, Connecticut 06050-0350
Phone: (860) 223-4400
Fax: (860) 223-4488

Mission and goals: The Connecticut Bar Association's law-related education (LRE) program helps give students throughout Connecticut a better insight into the United States legal system. Attorneys looking to share their passion for the law can volunteer for the CBA's LRE program, no matter how short or long their time commitment may be.

Programs Developed/Distributed/Implemented:

  • Adult Civic Education covers a wide range of areas, from wiretapping to eminent domain, so that students can better understand the intricacies of civics and American government;
  • The Connecticut Court Visitation Program, where students witness real-life criminal court proceedings
  • Bill of Rights in Action, in which students gain a more solid understanding of how the U.S. Constitution affects their lives;
  • Mock Trial Competitions, co-sponsored by CCLCE, for which volunteers serve as judges and coaches as middle and high school students compete against other Connecticut schools in a battle of courtroom wits, right in the classroom;
  • Street Law: A Course in Practical Law helps students develop necessary skills for survival in society.

Post Office Box 44008
Madison, WI 53744-4008
Telephone: (608) 848-1950
Facsimile: (608) 848- 9266

Mission and goals: The Dane County Bar Association's Law for the Public Committee conveys information about the law to the public; improves the availability and accessibility of legal information and resources; provides and promotes educational opportunities for members of the public interested in the law; and in carrying out these functions, generates goodwill toward the Association and the legal profession.

Programs Developed/Distributed/Implemented:

  • Your Life, Your Rights Program - the Committee partners with local high schools to bring teams of volunteer lawyers and judges into classrooms to help educate high school students about their legal rights and civic responsibilities.

DENVER BAR ASSOCIATION 1900 Grant Street, Suite 900
Denver, Colorado, 80203
Phone: (303) 860-1115, or (800) 332-6736

Mission and goals: The Denver Bar Association was founded in 1891 with the commitment to promote justice, support and assist member attorneys in delivering legal service and uphold the honor and dignity of the bar. The association likewise works to foster respect for the legal profession, encourage ongoing legal education and offers resources for the media and the public on legal issues.

Programs Developed/Distributed/Implemented:

  • Java & Juice - Attorneys meet with youth aging out of foster care, to answer their legal questions
  • Denver Bar Guest Teaching Program - Attorneys, paralegals, magistrates and judges substitute in Denver Public Schools on pre-planned days.
  • Lawline 9 - Call-in program during 9 o’clock news, in which attorneys offer legal information and referrals to other community legal resources.
  • Constitution Day - Attorneys teach students about the Constitution.

Moakley U.S. Courthouse One Courthouse Way
Suite 3120
Boston, Massachusetts 02210
Point of Contact: Lissy Medvedow, Executive Director
Phone: (617) 748-4186

Mission and Goals: Founded in 1998 and incorporated as an independent nonprofit in 2001, Discovering Justice is a Boston-based civic and justice education nonprofit organization. Their mission is to prepare young people to value the justice system, realize the power of their own voices, and embrace civic responsibility by connecting classrooms and courtrooms.

Discovering Justice’s programs teach children to use their voices to advocate for themselves and others through learning about democratic values, history, justice, and civic responsibility. They offer programs in school, afterschool, and in courthouses. Several programs have both a school-based and courthouse-based component.

Students who participate in Discovering Justice develop a sense of personal responsibility and respect for others, learn that they can make a difference in their lives and their communities, and become cognizant of the value of their participation in society. Discovering Justice places a special emphasis on underserved communities.

Discovering Justice’s interactive civic education programs. include:

  • Children Discovering Justice – a literacy-based civics curriculum in elementary schools, grades 1-5 with Courthouse field trips
  • Mock Trial Program – a 10-week afterschool program for middle school students
  • Stand Up for Your Rights – an 8-week afterschool appellate program for middle school students
  • Discovering the Bill of Rights – a 90-minute constitutional fieldtrip for middle school students
  • Courthouse Tours in Moakley U.S. Courthouse and John Adams Courthouse

Civics Programs are Tailored to:

  • Elementary School
  • Middle School High School College
  • Teachers
  • Other - Volunteers (Attorneys, Judges, Professionals)

651 E. Jefferson Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300
Phone: (850) 561-5600

Mission and Goals: The Benchmarks Adult Civics Education Program from the Florida Bar Constitutional Judiciary Committee is a series of interactive activities for adult audiences, each designed for a lawyer or a judge to utilize. The materials are completely self-contained, easy to access, and can be easily adapted for other states.

Programs Developed/Distributed/Implemented: The Benchmarks Program is interactive in nature and suitable for presentation at virtually any nonpartisan gathering of adults in a community. Interactive activities include:

  • Could You Pass the Test?
  • Is It Unconstitutional? The Case of the Scarlet Tag
  • Sorting Out the Courts
  • Is it Reasonable? Case Study
  • Jardines v. Florida Case Study
  • Amending the Florida Constitution
  • And more...

THe NAWJ Informed Voters, Fair Judges Project provides a Fair Courts=Justice presentation available in a Florida version through The Florida Bar website. For additional information on how to adapt to your state, contact them here.

651 E. Jefferson Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2300
Phone: (850) 561-5600

Mission and Goals: The purpose of the Florida Bar Law Related Education Committee is to promote effective law related education programs in grades K-12 of Florida's schools, with an emphasis on teaching students about the legal system, and for people and their property. The committee seeks to maintain and enhance the cooperative efforts of attorneys, educators, and law enforcement personnel in the field of law related education in Florida.

Programs Developed/Distributed/Implemented:

  • #JustAdulting Mobile Website and Digital App
  • Development of mock trial cases for middle and high school classrooms
  • Volunteers for judging law-related competitions
  • Assist with Justice Teaching Awards
  • So You Want To Be A Lawyer

500 S. Duval Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Point of Contact: Tricia Knox, Education Coordinator
Phone: (850) 921-9446

Mission and Goals: The mission of the Florida Supreme Court’s Educational Program is to provide opportunities for students, teachers and the general public to learn about the role of the judiciary and the levels and jurisdictions of Florida’s trial and appellate courts. This is done through a variety of programs that range from historical tours to well-developed educational programs.

Programs generally begin with an overview lesson about the Florida Court System, the Florida Supreme Court and the importance of the judicial branch. Most end with a mock oral argument scenario that requires students to think critically and allows them to experience more deeply the role of the state Supreme Court.

Programs Developed/Distributed/Implemented: Two popular programs are the Journey through Justice and the Making My Vote Count programs. Journey through Justice works in cooperation with Teen Court staff from the local trial court. Students participate in both a mock trial and an oral argument to gain a complete understanding of the court system and Florida’s third branch of government.

Making My Vote Count is a joint educational program between the Florida Supreme Court, the Historic Old Capital and the Museum of Florida History. It explores the importance and individual responsibility of voting. Each location provides its unique responsibility from their branch perspective. Students participate in activities at all three locations; exploring the history of elections in Florida and the importance of exercising their voting rights.

Civics Programs are Tailored to:

  • Elementary School
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • College
  • Teachers

1875 K Street NW Suite 500
Washington, DC 20006
Point of Contact: Kelly Landis, Director of Communications & Outreach
Phone: (202) 729-8132

Mission and Goals: Justice Sandra Day O’Connor founded iCivics to reverse Americans’ declining civic knowledge and participation. iCivics prepares young Americans to become knowledgeable, engaged 21st century citizens by creating innovative educational materials and making civic education relevant to a new generation through video games, classroom materials, and other innovative teaching techniques. Our free materials are fun for students and practical for teachers in classrooms of all types.

Programs Developed/Distributed/Implemented: iCivics offers the nation’s most comprehensive, standards-aligned civics curriculum that is available freely on the Web. The iCivics program contains 16 educational video games, 13 curriculum units and 70 lesson plans about civics topics ranging from the Constitution to budgeting to civil rights. In Fall 2012, iCivics will offer the first-of-its-kind The Drafting Board, an interactive online tool that teaches persuasive writing through civics topics.

Civics Programs are Tailored to:

  • Middle School
  • High School
  • Teachers

72 Rocky Cove Road
Lexington, SC 29072
Point of Contact: Dr. Jane C. Brailsford, Master Trainer/Project Director
Phone: (803) 530-3005

Mission and Goals: The mission of iCivics South is to introduce the iCivics method of enhanced civics learning into the South Carolina education system, to coordinate its successful implementation, and to advocate and guide its sustained use as a major civics-education resource.

Programs Developed/Distributed/Implemented: Perhaps the most significant iCivics South project is it partnership with the SC GEAR UP Grant. Working with the schools, colleges, and communities, which benefit from the SC GEAR UP grant, iCivics South will provide training and support for civics education in fifteen school districts.

Also noteworthy is the development of iCivics curricula that will become a sustainable part of instructional programs in South Carolina. iCivics South led the development of pilot programs for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade iCivics exploratory courses and a 10th grade elective course. As a result, seven middle schools and three high schools will offer daily instruction in iCivics beginning in Fall 2012. Other pilots developed for South Carolina students include an iCivics Summer Leadership Camp and iCivics End-of-Year Program.

Civics Programs are Tailored to:

  • Elementary School
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • Adults
  • Teachers

424 S. Second St.
Springfield IL 62701-1779
217 525 1760
800 252 8908

Mission and Goals: The Illinois State Bar Association is the premier legal association in the state. As a voluntary organization of more than 30,000 members, the Association's primary focus is to assist Illinois lawyers in the practice of law and to promote improvements in the administration of justice. The Association engages in many important activities on behalf of the profession — among them proposing and shaping legislation, educating the public, and supporting the courts and the rule of law.

Part of our mission at the ISBA is to educate the public and students of all ages about the important role of lawyers and judges, the importance of an independent judiciary for the proper administration of justice, and to foster an interest in students to respect our justice system and consider pursuing careers in the law. The Law-Related Education committee of the ISBA is composed of volunteer lawyers and judges and educators, with assistance by ISBA staff.

The Law-Related Education Committee of the ISBA carries out that mission through a number of activities, including the following:

  1. Quarterly newsletter about civics and law-related education programs and resources sent free by e-mail to any teacher who requests it.
  2. Website containing lesson plans and resources for civics and law-related education available to lawyers and educators.
  3. Lawyer in the Classroom program through which lawyers are available to speak in the classroom.
  4. Booklets about the law for youth, including Becoming An Adult: Your Legal Rights and Responsibilities at Age 18, a booklet for young adults, and Kids and the Law: An A-To-Z Guide for Parents, a booklet for kids and parents about such legal topics as juvenile’s rights, driver’s regulations, work rules for youth. All are online and free.

Sponsorship of a statewide Mock Trial Competition each spring for high school students.

Civics Programs are Tailored to:

  • High school students
  • Adults
  • Teachers
  • Law students
  • Lawyers

Office of Judicial Administration
State House, Room 315
200 W. Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: 317-232-2542

Mission and Goals: The Indiana Supreme Court’s Office of Communication, Education, and Outreach manages media inquiries, public information, and opportunities for educators to engage with the judicial branch.

Programs Developed/Distributed/Implemented: The Indiana Supreme Court takes oral arguments on the road twice a year. Area students have the opportunity to witness a Supreme Court oral argument and interact with the Court during Q&A sessions that follow the argument.

OCEO manages National Adoption Day, participates in Statehood Day events, and coordinates Constitution Day activities for judges across the state.

The Indiana Supreme Court webcasts all oral arguments live and archive them for later viewing here. An directory of judicial officers willing to speak to K-12 classrooms in their respective counties is also available online through the Judges Speakers Bureau.

Phone: 503-581-5722

League of Women Voters® of Oregon (LWVOR) is a grassroots, nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government in order to build better communities statewide. LWVOR’s purposes are to influence public policy through education and advocacy, and to provide support for League members and the League organization.

987 East Ivy Avenue
St. Paul, Minnesota 55106
Phone: 651-772-4274

Mission and Goals: The Learning Law and Democracy Foundation is a non-profit nonpartisan organization dedicated to building strong communities of engaged citizens through education in the law, civics, government, and the rights and responsibilities of citizens.

For over 25 years, the Learning Law and Democracy Foundation has sponsored civics, government, and law-related education programs, including curriculum development, technical assistance, web-based resources, and programs designed for youth, their teachers, and other community members. Through these activities, participants are developing the knowledge, skills, and character traits needed to be effective and responsible citizens.

The Learning Law and Democracy Foundation launched in 1981 as the Minnesota Center for Community Legal Education at Hamline University School of Law. Although its initial mission focused on promoting the development of legal competence through law-related education in schools and community organizations, it quickly broadened its vision to include instruction in civics and government.

After six years of programming at the University of Minnesota (1996-2002) and name change, the Learning Law and Democracy Foundation became an independent 501(c)(3) organization with offices in the Minnesota Humanities Education Center in St. Paul.

601 St. Charles Avenue, 4th Floor
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Phone: (504) 619-0134
Toll free: (800) 421-5722

Mission and Goals:The Louisiana Center for Law and Civic Education promotes the practical understanding of, and respect for, the law throughout Louisiana. This is achieved by coordinating, implementing, and developing Law and Civic Education programs, by training others in the delivery of Law and Civic Education and assisting schools and interested community organizations with the delivery of quality Law and Civics Education programs.

Programs Developed/Distributed/Implemented:

  • Lawyers in the Classroom/Judges in the Classroom
  • We the People:” The Citizen & The Constitution
  • Citizens, Not Spectators
  • Louisiana Summer Institute
  • Open Doors to Federal Courts
  • Y-Vote

Office of Communications and Public Affairs
State of Maryland Judiciary
Judicial Education Conference Center
2011-D Commerce Park Drive
Annapolis, MD 21401
Point of Contact: Pamila J. Brown, Associate Judge
Phone: (410) 480-7706

Mission and Goals: The Maryland Civics and Law Academy engages young people of middle school and high school age in learning about law and civil society. The purpose of the academy is to prepare young people to be participants in our democratic society. In Maryland, dozens of civically active judges ad attorneys volunteer their time to share knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm for civic engagement with hundreds of young participants. The academy is a partnership of the Maryland Judiciary, Maryland State Bar Association, the Citizenship Law Related Education Program, and the Maryland Public School System. It is offered three times per school year to meet the needs of local school systems. The Civics and Law Academy is an important tool to promote public understanding of the courts and increase the public’s trust and confidence in the administration of justice.

Programs Developed/Distributed/Implemented: In its first program year, three Civics and Law Academies were held in Maryland during the 2011-12 school year in local schools or education centers in Baltimore, Prince George’s and Frederick Counties. Nearly 300 students and teachers attended the sessions, which received positive reviews from the participants. The Civics and Law Academy offers a minimum of four hours of focused instruction on topics such as Law and Justice; Rights and Responsibilities; Free Speech, School Speech and Protected Speech; and Power and Empowerment. The academies feature interactive lessons taught by judges and attorneys, which are designed to develop civic competency and a deeper understanding of the law and their legal rights.

Civics Programs are Tailored to:

  • Middle School
  • High School
  • College (can be modified)

Office of Jury Commissioner
560 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02118
Point of Contact: John W. Cavanaugh, Deputy Jury Commissioner
Phone: (617) 721-9125

Mission and Goals: Jury outreach strives to encourage full citizen participation to enhance diversity of all juries, while it discourages juror delinquency. Special attention has been devoted to promoting the program in urban areas to remind everyone that our juries should reflect the cultural diversity of our citizens and of our communities. The Massachusetts Jury System informs prospective jurors that juror service should be a positive and rewarding experience.

Programs Developed/Distributed/Implemented: Our free multimedia school presentation discusses the history of jury, how people are affected by jury verdicts, juror fashion, juror delinquency, and the effects of countries with no jury trials. If time allows, a jury trial simulation is conducted with students portraying the participants. An adult presentation emphasizes the four major benefits of our jury system.

Civics Programs are Tailored to:

  • Middle School
  • High School
  • College
  • Adults
  • Other - Civic Organizations

332 South Michigan Avenue
Suite 400
Chicago, Illinois, 60604
Phone: (312) 863-6340

Mission and Goals: Mikva Challenge develops the next generation of civic leaders, activists and policy-makers. This is done by providing young people with opportunities to actively participate in the political process, because it is the belief that the best way to learn leadership and to learn democracy is to experience both.

Mikva Challenge is a nonpartisan 501(c)3 organization that prioritizes the development of civic leadership in underserved Chicago high school youth. Mikva Challenge was founded in 1997 as a tribute to former White House Counsel, Judge and U.S. Congressman Abner Mikva and his wife Zoe, a lifelong education activist. Mikva Challenge helps low-income Chicago youth become meaningful actors in politics and, by doing so, honors the Mikvas’ decades of inspiring young adults to embark on careers in public service and politics.

Mikva Challenge embraces ambitious youth workers and advocates; since 2000, Mikva Challenge has trained over 20,000 young people through elections, activism and policymaking programs. Through the Mikva process, young people connect with peers, adults and political issues, strategize about how to win their issue or campaign and take action to become real political participants. These youth tell that they feel they have a “voice” now and report having a greater desire to vote, campaign, organize, lobby, and even run for office. Perhaps most importantly, these Mikva youth now believe that Chicago is their city and that they have the power, knowledge and skills to make it a more just and equitable place – both now and in the future. Mikva Challenge’s work is focused on helping youth take political action now in order to develop the next generation of civic leaders.

As a result, all programs aim to achieve four core goals:

  • Ignite teenagers’ passion for politics;
  • Increase youth civic knowledge;
  • Develop students’ democratic leadership skills; and
  • Help young people become part of the solution to school, neighborhood and city problems.

The Missouri Bar
326 Monroe
P.O. Box 119
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0119
Phone: (573) 635-4128

Mission and Goals: The Missouri Bar provides extensive support for classroom learning about the law, the legal system, and the courts. From lesson plans to teacher workshops, The Missouri Bar is committed to helping teachers throughout Missouri understand and explain the law.

Programs Developed/Distributed/Implemented:

  • We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution
  • We the People: Project Citizen
  • Representative Democracy
  • Annual Law Day for Educators
  • Teaching Controversial Issues
  • Constitution Day
  • Judicial Symposium

P.O. Box 150
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Point of Contact: Hon. Patricia Breckenridge, Judge, Missouri Supreme Court
Phone: (573) 751-9652

Mission and Goals: The Civic Education Committee of the Missouri Supreme Court was commissioned in 2011 to educate the people of Missouri on the role of the judiciary in protecting the rights of all people and the common good. The mission of the committee is to enhance the public’s understanding of Missouri’s court system and its function, thereby enhancing the public’s trust and confidence in the judicial branch of the government. The committee is actively developing initiatives to enhance interaction between the courts and their communities that will educate the public about the practices, procedures, and proper role of our state’s courts in our system of government.

Programs Developed/Distributed/Implemented: The committee has chosen to target the fourth graders touring the Missouri Supreme Court for education on the essential role the court plays in our system of government. Another key program is the Appellate Court Road Show, in which appellate court judges hear oral argument in front of an audience composed of high school students, college students, or members of the public. The Missouri Supreme Court Institute brings teachers to the high court for a week of instruction during the summer; lesson plans, materials, and presentations will be provided to teachers on the importance of the courts. The committee is also working to bring Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s internet-based iCivics program to the attention of teachers. Finally, members of the Civic Education Committee are working with the state’s policymakers to ensure that they fully understand the importance of an independent judiciary.

Civics Programs are Tailored to:

  • Elementary School
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • College
  • Adults
  • Teachers
  • Other - State Policy Makers

National Office NAWJ
1001 Connecticut Avenue NW, Ste 1138
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202)393-0222

Mission and Goals:
The mission of the National Associations of Woman Judges' Informed Voters Fair Judges Project is to promote public understanding of the judicial branch and the need for fair and impartial courts,. IVP seeks to educate and inform the public about the unique role of the judiciary in our constitutional structure and to raise awareness of current threats to a fair and impartial judiciary today.

Programs Developed/Implemented/Distributed:

  • Presentations addressing the judicial branch and the need for fair and impartial courts
  • Presentation materials and handouts for use with adult nonpartisan audiences
  • Emmy-award winning video
  • Website with educational resources and presentation materials
  • Conference presentations
  • Education, outreach, and technical assistance

300 Newport Avenue
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Point of Contact: Lorri Montgomery, Director of Communications & Marketing
Phone: (757) 259-1525

Mission and Goals: The National Center for State Courts is an independent, nonprofit court improvement organization founded at the urging of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Warren E. Burger. He envisioned NCSC as a clearinghouse for research information and comparative data to support improvement in judicial administration in state courts.

Over twenty years ago, the Institute for Court Management merged with NCSC, adding an educational curriculum especially designed for court managers. In the early 1990s, an international division was formed to offer a similar array of research, consulting, education, and information services to strengthen the rules of law in countries around the world.

All of NCSC's services — research, information services, education, consulting — are focused on helping courts plan, make decisions, and implement improvements that save time and money, while ensuring judicial administration that supports fair and impartial decision- making.

Programs Developed/Distributed/Implemented: Justice Case Files are graphic novels that engage readers while giving insight into how judges make decisions, how the courts protect the public and why courts are so important to a democratic society.

525 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: 215-409-6600

Mission and Goals: The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia brings together people of all ages and perspectives, across America and around the world, to learn about, debate, and celebrate the greatest vision of human freedom in history, the U.S. Constitution. A private, nonprofit organization, the Center serves as America’s leading platform for constitutional education and debate, fulfilling its congressional charter “to disseminate information about the U.S. Constitution on a nonpartisan basis.”

As the Museum of We the People, the Center brings the Constitution to life for visitors of all ages through interactive programs and exhibits. As America’s Town Hall, the Center brings the leading conservative and liberal thought leaders together to debate the Constitution on all media platforms. As a Headquarters for Civic Education, the Center delivers the best educational programs and online resources that inspire citizens and engage all Americans in learning about the U.S. Constitution. For more information, call 215-409-6700 or visit their website.

Programs Developed/Distributed/Implemented:

Civics Programs are Tailored to:

  • Middle School
  • High School
  • College
  • Adults
  • Teachers
  • Legal professionals
  • Law enforcement
  • Others

8555 Sixteenth Street
Suite 500
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910
Point of Contact: Susan Griffin, Executive Director
Telephone: (800) 296-7840

Mission and Goals: Social studies educators teach students the content knowledge, intellectual skills, and civic values necessary for fulfilling the duties of citizenship in a participatory democracy. The mission of National Council for the Social Studies is to provide leadership, service, and support for all social studies educators.

Founded in 1921, National Council for the Social Studies has grown to be the largest association in the country devoted solely to social studies education. NCSS engages and supports educators in strengthening and advocating social studies. With members in all the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 69 foreign countries, NCSS serves as an umbrella organization for elementary, secondary, and college teachers of history, civics, geography, economics, political science, sociology, psychology, anthropology, and law-related education. Organized into a network of more than 110 affiliated state, local, and regional councils and associated groups, the NCSS membership represents K-12 classroom teachers, college and university faculty members, curriculum designers and specialists, social studies supervisors, and leaders in the various disciplines that constitute the social studies.

Programs: In 2010, NCSS published National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies: A Framework for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment. The revised standards continue to be structured around the ten themes of social studies; however, they offer a sharper focus on Purposes; Questions for Exploration; Knowledge (what learners need to understand); Processes (what learners will be capable of doing); and Products (how learners demonstrate understanding). NCSS standards ensure an integrated social science, behavioral science, and humanities approach for achieving academic and civic competence that can be used by social studies decision makers in K-12 schools.

The NCSS framework consists of ten themes incorporating fields of study that correspond with one or more relevant disciplines. These are:

  • Culture
  • Time, Continuity, and Change
  • People, Places, and Environments
  • Individual Development and Identity
  • Individuals, Groups, and Institutions
  • Power, Authority, and Governance
  • Production, Distribution, and Consumption
  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Global Connections
  • Civic Ideals and Practices

Civics Programs are Tailored to:

  • Elementary School
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • Teachers

635 South 14th Street, Suite 120
PO Box 95103
Lincoln, Nebraska 68509
Phone: 402-475-1042

Mission and Goals: The Nebraska State Bar Foundation has been designated as the State Center for Law-Related Education in Nebraska by Youth for Justice, a cooperative program supported by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention of the United States Department of Justice. The Foundation sponsors the Nebraska High School Mock Trial Project, Reaching the Age of Majority booklet, and various Law Day celebration activities as wells as newly emerging LRE programs and projects.

Programs Developed/Distributed/Implemented: The Nebraska State Bar Foundation supports many civic education programs, several of which are cosponsored by the Nebraska Supreme Court. Jointly held programs are under the State Bar Foundation’s PEOPLE Committee (Public Education Outreach Promoting the Law & Equity) and include: Statewide High School Law Day Essay Contest, 5th Grade Job Shadowing, Journalist Education Seminars, Voters’ guide to Judges’ Retention Elections, and other topic specific programming.

State Capitol Building
600 East Boulevard Avenue, Dept. 180
Bismarck, ND 58505
Point of Contact: Lee Ann Barnhardt, Director of Education & Communication
Phone: 701-328-4251

Mission and Goals: The mission of the North Dakota Justices Teaching Institute is to foster a better understanding of the roles of the courts, how they work, how judges make decisions and to increase public access to the court system. The goal is to enable participants to teach others with confidence about the nature, history, structure, function and processes of the courts and the judiciary; to implement strategies for effectively teaching legal concepts; to utilize technology to teach law-related subjects; and to apply constitutional knowledge and principles to judicial decision-making.

Program Developed/Implemented: North Dakota Justices Teaching Institute is offered bi-annually to secondary history and government teachers. Supreme Court justices develop the 1 ½ day course and guide participants through academic and clinical experiences preparing for the Institute’s final application – a mock oral argument. Experiential learning sessions progress through the function and structure of state and federal courts; the framework of judicial decision- making ; legal research; and civil and criminal court processes. To provide an understanding of the underlying legal concepts that the teachers apply to decide the constitutional question, the justices present sessions analyzing the respective constitutional amendment, statues, and case law. Lesson plans, PowerPoints, teaching notes and other materials are provided to assist the teachers in fulfilling their requirement to teach the legal concepts to their students.

Civics Programs are Tailored to:

  • Teachers

Oklahoma Bar Association 
P.O. Box 53036
1901 N. Lincoln Blvd.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73152
Phone: (405) 416-7024

Mission and Goals:
The Law-Related Education (LRE) Department of the Oklahoma Bar Association was established in 1989 to further the OBA's goals of increasing public service and enhancing public understanding of the law and the legal system. To that end, LRE endeavors to educate citizens in a constitutional democracy and to create an active and responsible citizenry.

Programs Developed/Distributed/Implemented: LRE conducts programs both independently and in partnership with non-profits, civic organizations, and educational groups. Programs include professional development for teachers and others in the civic community via institutions and training workshops. Classroom materials are created and distributed for programs administered by LRE. To fulfill its mission of educating citizens, LRE develops programs unique to Oklahoma such as INFORM — a methamphetamine awareness seminar program, and Law School for Legislators — a training workshop for new legislators.

Programs include:

  • Hatton W. Sumners: Foundation of Democracy – LRE Basis 101 Summer Institute
  • Peaceful Resolution for Oklahoma Students (PROS)
  • Law School for Legislators
  • Lawyers in the Classroom
  • Representative Democracy in America
  • Oklahoma Close Up
  • We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution
  • We the People: Project Citizen

Civics Programs are Tailored to:

  • High school students
  • College students

Public Service Building Suite 501
255 Capitol St. NE 
Salem OR 97310
Toll free 1-866-673-VOTE (1-866-673-8683)
Fax 503-373-7414
TTY 800-735-2900 

The Civics Toolkit is an Oregon-centric guide to elections civics. The lesson plans target students ages 16 to 24. They cover everything from the history of voting in Oregon to what you need to know before you register to vote in our great state.

As Oregon's chief elections officer, it is the duty of the Secretary of State to engage Oregonians in the democratic process. Only citizens who have the needed knowledge and skills can sustain a democracy. May this toolkit assist educators as they prepare students for citizenship in the 21st Century.

Civics Programs are Tailored to:

  • High School
  • College
  • Adults
  • Teachers

100 South Street
PO Box 186
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17108-0186
Phone: (800) 932-0311

Programs Developed/Distributed/Implemented: The Pennsylvania Bar Association offers a variety of programs for Educators and Lawyers, including:

  • Law Day
  • Judges and Lawyers in the Classroom
  • Celebrate the Constitution
  • Mock Trial
  • Operation Safe Surf
  • Project PEACE
  • Stepping Out
  • Law for Kids by Kids

Additionally, the Pennsylvania Bar Association offers a collection of lessons and lesson plans, developed by teachers and lawyers, for K-12 students.


Mission and Goals: Motivated to improve civic knowledge and participation in California, Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye along with influential judicial and civic learning leaders and experts, have joined to elevate the status of civic learning and engagement and to revitalize democracy in California with the creation of Power of Democracy.

Programs Developed/Distributed/Implemented: 

  • The Need and Urgency
  • What Works
  • K-12 Civic Learning Taskforce
  • Civic Learning Awards
  • Civil Learning Partnerships

Civics Programs are Tailored to:

  • Elementary School
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • Adults
  • Teachers

310 S. 4th Street
Las Vegas, Nevada 89519
Phone: 702 388 7527

Mission and Goals:
The Foundation for Relevant Education About the Law's program, Project REAL, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, was created in 2005 to meet the challenge of teaching K-12th grade Nevada students the importance of the law. The goal is to prepare Nevada’s children to become involved, participating citizens who understand their social responsibilities and rights.

Programs Developed/Distributed/Implemented:
Project REAL offers a variety of programs that give students of all ages the opportunity to explore our judicial system, examine current controversial issues and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. Project REAL Programs fully comply with state and county educational standards.

  • Play by the Rules
  • Your Day in Court
  • Foundations of Democracy
  • REAL Drama

Sandy Wilbur Music has produced three civics/music educational videos designed as teaching tools for teachers of music, history, social studies and civics and helping kids learn about important documents, concepts and values. "We The People " helps kids learn the Preamble to the Constitution and how the three branches of government work. "Four Score and Seven Years Ago " sings part of the Gettysburg Address and touches on the Civil War, Lincoln and equality. "She Still Carries A Torch " is about the Statue of Liberty and what it means to the millions of immigrants who have come to this country in search of freedom.

65 South Front Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Point of Contact: Jay Wuebbold, Civic Education Section

Mission and Goal: The Supreme Court of Ohio Civic Education Program is dedicated to informing citizens about the judiciary, with the aim of building trust through knowledge and understanding. The initiative employs many and varied approaches: off-site court, a visitor education center, guided tours, classroom lesson plans and a public lecture series.

The program is built on a foundation of innovation and continues to move forward with new initiatives. Students are the primary, but not exclusive audience. The education center and online lesson plans offer dynamic learning opportunities that provide an inside look at Ohio courts. We effectively use case narratives that personalize and define the courts, making sometimes-complex concepts understandable on many levels, crossing age groups and cultures.

Programs Developed/Distributed/Implemented: In Ohio v Smith the Supreme Court of Ohio ruled police are required to obtain a warrant before searching data in a cell phone seized during an arrest. It is the basis of a lesson plan for classroom discussion about the Fourth Amendment. Posted online, it includes a link to the video stream of the oral arguments, a summary of legal issues and the court’s decision. Now in its fourth year, the Forum on the Law lecture program features speakers and topics that attract the general public and legal professionals.

The Ohio Judicial Center Foundation provided $30,000 for grants to 100 financially strapped schools to help cover costs to visit the Supreme Court and its education center during the past school year.

Civics Programs are Tailored to:

  • Elementary School
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • College
  • Adults
  • Teachers

1010 Wayne Avenue
Suite 870
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910
Phone: (301) 589-1130

Street Law, Inc. creates classroom and community programs that teach people about law, democracy, and human rights worldwide. Street Law’s accessible, engaging, and interactive programs empower students and communities to become active, legally-savvy contributors to society.

Founded by a group of visionary Georgetown University law students in 1972, the organization’s work now spans 40 nations and reaches thousands of people every year.  Although some initiatives bring staff directly into classrooms and neighborhoods, most efforts are focused on training individuals and organizations to become effective Street Law educators.

Street Law develops and implement interactive teaching methods that equip teachers, law students and lawyers, and other volunteers to educate students of all ages. They also provide top-flight professional development opportunities for educators and produce balanced, accurate curricular materials for use in classrooms and community settings. The approach is practical, relevant, and experiential, blending legal content with innovative hands-on teaching strategies that actively engage young people in the learning process. As a result, Street Law participants benefit from “real life” lessons and insights, which they can use to effect positive change for the rest of their lives.

Street Law has an extensive resource library with free teaching materials. Along with the Supreme Court Historical Society, Street Law offers professional development to high school social studies teachers about the Supreme Court. This Institute takes place each June. Street Law’s textbook, Street Law: A Course in Practical Law, now in its eighth edition, is used in classrooms across the U.S. Hundreds of lessons on law, democracy, human right, public policy, crime prevention, conflict resolution, and youth advocacy are contained within the book.

Street Law caters to:

  • Teachers and Educators
  • Lawyers, Law Students, and the Legal Community
  • Non-governmental Organizations
  • Juvenile Justice Professionals
  • Law Enforcement Officers

1112 Quince Street, SE
P.O. Box 41170
Olympia, Washington 98504-1170
Point of Contact: Margaret E. Fisher, Attorney

Programs Developed/Distributed/Implemented: The Washington State Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) has developed the Judges in the Classroom program, in which teachers may request a judge to present one of the interactive lessons that appear online. Lessons are provided for elementary, middle and high school levels.

The AOC participates in a unique Street Law program in which judges make the commitment to teach weekly in a local high school from the national textbook, Street Law: A Course in Practical Law. More than 25 pairings exist around the state of Washington. Some judges are in their seventh year of teaching Street Law, and two new sites are added annually. The judge/teacher pairs receive training, a classroom set of the textbooks and an onsite observation.

Civics Programs are Tailored to:

  • Elementary School
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • Adults
  • Teachers

16 East State Capitol
P.O. Box 1688
Madison, WI 53701
Point of Contact: Theresa Owens, Executive Assistant to Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson
Phone: (608) 261-8297

Mission and Goals:
The Wisconsin Court System has designed public education and outreach programs to promote public understanding of the role of the courts and enhance public confidence in the judicial system. The court system is committed to speaking with the people of the state about the judicial branch and listening to their concerns. The court system designs and provides programs that maintain a strong and vital connection between the courts and the communities we serve. The programs exist to strengthen this partnership, educate the public about the work of the courts, ensure access to justice for all, and provide outreach and educational tools for educators and local courts throughout the state.

Programs Developed/Distributed/Implemented: Courts Connecting with Communities is a new statewide outreach project initiated by Chief Justice Abrahamson. The project provides a “toolkit,” a step-by-step manual and materials for twenty outreach programs. It also promotes a coordinated county-by- county approach that establishes outreach planning as a continuing project in individual communities.

Justice on Wheels takes the Supreme Court on the road to hold oral arguments in a

county courthouse. This program will celebrate its twentieth year in 2013.

Court with Class brings high school students to the state Capitol to watch an oral argument and meet with a justice.

Case of the Month provides teachers with a case synopsis, briefs, and a roadmap showing how cases come to the court. iCivics uses video games to provide students with interactive civics education.

The Speakers’ Bureau connects the public and judges; Media Relations Seminars connect court information staff and news media; and Judicial Ride Along connects judges and legislators.

Civics Programs are Tailored to:

  • Elementary School
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • Adults
  • Teachers
  • Other - Local courts and bar associations, Legislators and Executive Branch