Civic Education Awards

Judge Benjamin Jones Judges in the Classroom Award

The Judge Benjamin Jones Judges in the Classroom Award honors a member of the judiciary who has contributed greatly to the law-related education of Louisiana youth.










Judge Benjamin Jones

The Judge Benjamin Jones Judges in the Classroom Award is named in honor of Judge Benjamin Jones, who served as a 4th Judicial District Court Judge for over 22 years. He was the driving force in creating the Judges in the Classroom program many years ago. Judge Jones retired from the bench in 2014. In March of 2015, he ended his retirement to become the 4th JDC court administrator.

Judges who have contributed to the law-related education of students, whether it be in a classroom, courtroom or any other environment conducive to learning, are eligible. The nomination process is simple. Click here for the single page nomination form. The nomination deadline is Friday, September 7, 2018. Submit completed nomination form to the LCLCE at 601 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130. Scanned copies of the nomination form can be emailed to Peggy.Cotogno@LSBA.org.
















Shreveport City Court Judge Sheva M. Sims, left, is the recipient of the Louisiana Center for Law and Civic Education’s (LCLCE) Judge Benjamin Jones Judges in the Classroom Award. Presenting the award was LCLCE President Lawrence J. Centola. Photo by Matthew Hinton Photography.

2017-18 Judges Award Recipient
2016 Judges Award Recipient
2015 Judges Award Recipient

President's Award of Excellence for Outstanding Civics Teacher

This annual award is given to an outstanding Louisiana elementary, middle or high school teacher who imparts knowledge and understanding of Law and Civic Education and demonstrates the use of interactive learning techniques that make a difference in student learning.  Award presentation is a joint partnership of the Louisiana Center for Law and Civic Education and the Louisiana State Bar Association.











From left, Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Jefferson D. Hughes III, Louisiana Center for Law and Civic Education President Lawrence J. Centola III, Benton Middle School teacher Jennifer Traweek, and LSBA President Dona Kay Renegar. Traweek was presented with the President’s Award of Excellence for Outstanding Law-Related Education Teacher during the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Midyear Meeting in January. Photo by Matthew Hinton Photography.

2019 Outstanding Civics Teacher Award Information

Civics in Action Award (CIA)

Do you know a student who has made a difference or an improvement of the quality of life in their school, home, or community through the use of civic engagement? The LCLCE recognizes a Louisiana middle or high school student who exemplifies what it means to be an engaged citizen.

The award application process is simple.  Deadline for 2018-19 submissions is March 23, 2018. For more information, click here.   












The 2017 Civics in Action Award was presented to Desmond LeBlanc, a senior at Warren Easton Charter High School in New Orleans. The presentation was made at the Louisiana State Bar Association’s MidYear Meeting.

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