Who Are We?
The Louisiana Center for Law and Civic Education (LCLCE) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that coordinates, implements and develops Law and Civic Education programs, trains others in the delivery of Law and Civic Education and assists with the delivery of quality Law and Civic Education programs throughout the State of Louisiana. It is the educational arm of the Louisiana State Bar Association.
LCLCE programs are nationally recognized and conform to the State of Louisiana's Social Studies Content Standards. LCLCE lesson plans and programs are interactive and self-motivating. The LCLCE makes Law and Civic Education come alive in the classroom.
Louisiana Center for Law and Civic Education was presented with the Sandra Day O’Connor Award for the Advancement of Civic Education at the Conference of Chief Justice/Conference of State Court Administrators Annual Conference in St. Louis on July 24, 2012.
Upcoming Events and Activities
We the People National Competition
April 21-24, 2017
Lawyers in the Classroom/ Judges in the Classroom
Law Day, May 2017
Justice Catherine D. Kimball Summer Institute
James Madison Legacy Project/We the People: the Citizen and the Constitution
July 16 – July 21, 2017
University of Central Arkansas, Conway, Arkansas
Recent Events and Activities
The Haynes Academy for Advanced Studies We the People State Championship Team with Guest Speaker Rep. Walter "Walt" J. Leger, III and team teacher Chris Totaro.
The 2016 recipient of the Judge Benjamin Jones Judges in the Classroom Award is Judge Randall J. Bethancourt, 32nd JDC. From left, LCLCE President Larry Centola, Bethancourt and Louisiana District Judges Association President Marilyn Castle.
View LCLCE slide show of recent events and activities:
LCLCE Board member Judge Wendell Manning, center, receiving the prestigious Sandra Day O’Connor Award for the Advancement of Civics Education at the Conference of Chief Justices and the Conference of State Court Administrators held in St. Louis. The presentation was made by Eric T. Washington, Chief Judge of the District of Columbia and president of the Conference of Chief Justices and Rosalyn W. Frierson, South Carolina State
Court Administrator and President of the Conference of State Court Administrators and vice-chair of the NCSC Board of Directors.
The LCLCE is a member of the Louisiana Commission on Civic Education enacted into law by the Louisiana Legislature in 2003.The Commission was created to educate students in the community and schools on the importance of citizen involvement in a representative democracy and to promote communication and collaboration among organizations in the state that conduct civic education programs.
Why is Civic Education Important?
Studies show that:
Who Supports Our Work?
The LCLCE partners with several entities, including the Louisiana State Bar Association, the Louisiana Bar Foundation as well as various private and public grants. The LCLCE also partners with schools, state and federal courts and law enforcement agencies.
What is Law & Civic Education?
It is instruction that teaches about legal rights, responsibilities, and the role of the responsible citizen - the fourth "R"- and has students practice application of that teaching to potential real - life situations. It is essentially a critical thinking, problem-solving approach to education built around the civic content of rules, laws, and the legal system. Law and Civic Education provides an opportunity for students to foster bonds with representatives of the legal system and the overall community.
If Liberty and Equality, as is thought by some are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will only be attained when all persons alike share in the government to the utmost. Aristotle