Louisiana Center for Law and Civic Education

Upcoming Events and Activities
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

Recent Events and Activities

The Haynes Academy for Advanced Studies “We the People” State Championship Team with Guest Speakers Donald Songy, Education Policy Advisor, Office of the Governor, Jabarie Walker, Staff Assistant to the Mayor, Office of Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu, City of New Orleans, and Haynes teacher Chris Totaro. This team will represent Louisiana at the "We the People" National Competition in Washington, D.C. in April 2018.

Attorney Mary Dumestre visiting students at Joseph J. Davies Elementary in Meraux, La. in Observance of Constitution Day.

The Louisiana Center for Law and Civic Education partnered with Arkansas educators to organize the James Madison Legacy Project, a teachers’ workshop for civics education, funded by the U.S. Department of Education through the Supporting Effective Educator Development program.  Louisiana teachers traveled to the University of Central Arkansas for a six-day teachers’ workshop on the We the People civics curriculum. LCLCE Director Peggy Cotogno and two Louisiana We the People teaching mentors, Chris Totaro and Jamie Staub, also attended the program. Seen here are teachers and mentors at the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock.

View LCLCE recent events and activities:

James Madison Legacy Project Spring Professional Development Program
May 2018
World War II Museum
New Orleans, LA

Judges/ Lawyers in the Classroom
Law Day 2018

We the People State Competition
Saturday, January 27, 2018
Loyola University

ACE –Adult Civics Education Training Seminar
Friday, January 19, 2018
Louisiana State Bar Association MidYear Meeting
Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel
New Orleans, LA

James Madison Legacy Project Fall Professional Development Program
Friday, October 13- Sunday, October 15, 2017
New Orleans, LA

Lawyers in the Classroom/ Judges in the Classroom

Constitution Day, September 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

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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

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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Sandra Day O'Connor Letter