Louisiana Center for Law and Civic Education

Upcoming Events and Activities

LCLCE Reception at the LSBA's Annual Meeting & LSBA/LJC Joint Summer School in San Destin
Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. (Immediately precedes the LSBA’s Beach Bash)
Beach House Pool Deck
Open to all registrants of the LSBA’s Annual Meeting

Recent Events and Activities
The We the People State Competition was held at the Baton Rouge Marriott on Friday, January 29, 2016.  Five teams, Early College Academy, Glenbrook School, Haynes Academy for Advanced Studies, Helen Cox High School and John Ehret High School, competed for the opportunity to represent Louisiana in the We the People National Competition that will be held on April 22- April 25, 2016. Haynes Academy’s team, led by Chris Totaro, emerged as the victor. Vickie Hebert from Early College, Caleb Carmikle from Glenbrook, Jonetta Jackson from Helen Cox and Bradley Kiff from John Ehret are to be commended on the outstanding performances of their teams.

The Haynes Academy for Advanced Studies 2016 We the People State Championship Team with Guest Speaker Representative Patricia Haynes Smith and team teacher Chris Totaro.

Jennifer L. Mestayer--Kidd, a teacher at Westgate High School in New Iberia, was presented with the 2016 President’s Award by LCLCE Board member Judge C. Wendell Manning and Louisiana State Bar Association President Mark A. Cunningham. The presentation was made at a reception held at the Louisiana State Bar Association’s MidYear Meeting.

View LCLCE slide show of recent events and activities:

Lawyers in the Classroom/ Judges in the Classroom
Law Day, May 1, 2016

Louisiana School Board Annual Convention
February 14-16, 2016
Baton Rouge, La.

James Madison Legacy Project
Saturday, January 30, 2016; Saturday, February 20, 2016;

Saturday, March 5, 2016; Saturday, April 16, 2016

South Louisiana Community College
Lafayette, La.

We the People State Competition
Friday, January 29, 2016
Baton Rouge Marriott Hotel
Baton Rouge, La.

We the People District  Competition
Saturday, January 9, 2016
Loyola University
New Orleans, La.

Judge Benjamin Jones Judges in the Classroom Award
Sunday, October 4, 2015

Lawyers in the Classroom/ Judges in the Classroom
Constitution Day - September 17, 2015

Justice Catherine D. Kimball Summer Institute
Annual Professional Development Program for Educators
Louisiana Supreme Court Building & Hyatt French Quarter New Orleans Hotel
July 13-16, 2015
Registration closed. Fact Sheet. Agenda.

Lawyers in the Classroom/ Judge in the Classroom
Law Day, May 2015

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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.

Press Release

Sandra Day O'Connor Letter