Louisiana Center for Law and Civic Education

​​Upcoming Events

CLE - Give Back to Your Community: Training the Trainers in Adult Civic and Law Related Education  (cancelled)
June 10, 2020
     Richard A. Levenstein, Nason Yeager Gerson Harris & Fumero, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
     Annette Boyd Pitts, Justice Teaching Center for Civic Learning, Lakeland, FL
Louisiana State Bar Association Annual Meeting
Destin, FL

CLE - Professionalism: Judges and Lawyers in the Classroom Interactive Training
June 10, 2020  (cancelled)
     Hon. Randall L. Bethancourt, 32nd Judicial District Court, Houma
     Hon. C. Wendell Manning, 4th Judicial District Court, Monroe
     Richard A. Levenstein, Nason Yeager Gerson Harris & Fumero, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Louisiana State Bar Association Annual Meeting
Destin, FL

Justice Catherine D. Kimball Summer Institute  (cancelled - will reschedule in  Spring 2021)
​Louisiana Supreme Court Courthouse
July 19-21, 2020  (cancelled)
New Orleans, LA

Recent Events and Activities

LCLCE Exhibit at Louisiana School Boards Association Annual Conference
February 16-18, 2020
Baton Rouge, LA
 

We the People Qualification Hearing
January 24, 2020
​Haynes Academy for the Advanced Studies
Metairie, La.

Judge Benjamin Jones Judges in the Classroom Award
January 18, 2020
Louisiana State Bar Association MidYear Meeting
Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel, Baton Rouge, La.

President's Award of Excellence for Outstanding Law-related Education Teacher
January 17, 2020
Louisiana State Bar Association MidYear Meeting
Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel, Baton Rouge, La.

LCLCE Exhibition at Louisiana Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference
October 21-22, 2019
Natchitoches, LA

Mock Trial Seminar
Louisiana Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference
October 21, 2019
Natchitoches, LA

iCivics Seminar
Louisiana Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference
October 21, 2019
Natchitoches, LA


Constitution Day Activities
September 17, 2019
Statewide​

​​​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.

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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:

  • Only 25% of students at upper elementary and secondary levels are proficient in civics and government. (National Assessment of Educational Progress)
  • Less than 20% of voters aged 18-25 voted in the last presidential campaign. (National Association of Secretaries of State)
  • 94% of youth surveyed believe, "the most important thing I can do as a citizen is to help others."
  • Non-political voluntarism among youth has increased while political voluntarism has decreased.


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

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.