Louisiana Center for Law and Civic Education

Upcoming Events and Activities
Law Day, May 1, 2019

Justice Catherine D. Kimball Summer Institute
July 17-19, 2019
Louisiana Supreme Courthouse
400 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA
Now Accepting Applications

Recent Events and Activities
We the People State Competition
Saturday, January 26, 2019
Loyola University New Orleans
New Orleans, LA

The Haynes Academy for Advanced Studies We the People State Championship Team with teacher Chris Totaro.

ACE - Adult Civics Education Training/CLE
Thursday,  January 17, 2019
Louisiana State Bar Association MidYear Meeting
Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel, Baton Rouge, LA
CLE Credit 2.75 hours 
Fee: None. All Materials Provided.

President's Award of Excellence for Outstanding Law Related Education Teacher
Friday, January 18, 2019
Louisiana State Bar Association MidYear Meeting
Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel, Baton Rouge, LA

Judge Benjamin Jones Judges in the Classroom Award Presentation
Saturday, January 19, 2019
​Louisiana State Bar Association MidYear Meeting
Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel, Baton Rouge, LA

Constitution Day Activities
September 17, 2018

Justice Catherine D. Kimball Summer Institute for Teachers
James Madison Legacy Project/We the People
Sunday, July 15 – Friday, July 20, 2018
Louisiana Supreme Court Building, 400 Royal Street, New Orleans

Civics in Action Award Presentation
July 17, 2018
Louisiana Supreme Courthouse
New Orleans, LA

2018 Civics in Action Award recipient Donald Judice III, second from left, with from left, Louisiana Supreme Court Associate Justice John L. Weimer, Judice, Pat Judice, Murlyn Broussard and LCLCE President Judge Randall L. Bethancourt.

Th Honorable Randall L. Bethanourt Sworn in as LCLCE  President

June 7, 2018
Louisiana State Bar Association Annual Meeting
Destin, FL

 Judge Raymod S. Steib Jr.administers the oath of office to Judge Randall L. Bethancourt.

LCLCE Annual Reception
June 7, 2018
Louisiana  State Bar Association  Annual Meeting
Destin, FL

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