Louisiana Center for Law and Civic Education

Upcoming Events and Activities:

We the People National Congressional Hearing Competition
April 24-28, 2015
Washington, D.C.

Constitution Day and Naturalization Ceremony
Roussell Hall, Loyola University
September 17, 2014

Judges in the Classroom/ Lawyers in the Classroom
Constitution Day
September 17, 2014

Justice Catherine D. Kimball Summer Institute
Annual Professional Development Program for Educators
Louisiana Supreme Court Building & Westin Canal Place New Orleans
July 24-25, 2014, New Orleans, LA

President's Award of Excellence for Outstanding Civic Teacher Presentation
July 25, 2014
Louisiana Supreme Court Building
New Orleans, LA

Presentation of the Civics in Action Award
Louisiana State Bar Association Annual Meeting
Thursday, June 5, 2014
Destin, Florida

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.

Press Release

Sandra Day O'Connor Letter

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:

  • 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

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Recent Events and Activities:

View LCLCE slide show of recent events and activities here:

LCLCE Reception at the LSBA Annual Meeting
Wednesday, June 4, 2014

We the People National Competition
April 25-28, 2014
Washington D.C.

Lawyers in the Classroom/ Judges in the Classroom
Law Day
May 1, 2014

We the People State Competition
January 31, 2014
Baton Rouge Marriott
Baton Rouge, La.

President's Award of Excellence for Outstanding Civic Teacher Presentation
January 24, 2014
LSBA MidYear Meeting
Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel
Baton Rouge, La.

President's Award of Excellence for Outstanding Civic Teacher Presentation
Louisiana State Bar Association MidYear Meeting
New Orleans, La.

Louisiana School Board Conference
February 22-24, 2015
Shreveport, La.

We the People State Competition
Friday, February 6, 2015
Baton Rouge Marriott
Baton Rouge, La.

Louisiana Council for the Social Studies Conference
October 23-24, 2014
Kenner, La.

The Louisiana “We the People” Congressional Hearings State Champion is Haynes Academy for Advanced Studies from Metairie. The State Championship team, headed by teacher Chris Totaro, will represent Louisiana at the “We the People” National Competition