Louisiana Center for Law and Civic Education

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 November 2, 2020. 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.
















Louisiana Center for Law and Civic Education’s President Judge Randall L. Bethancourt presented Twenty-first Judicial District Court Judge Brenda Bedsole Ricks with the 2020 Judge Benjamin Jones Judges in the Classroom Award. Photo by Matthew Hinton Photography.

2020 Judges Award Recipient
2019 Judges Award Recipient
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.











Lauren Beth LeBato, left, a teacher at Alfred M. Barbe High School in Lake Charles, was  presented the 2020 President’s Award of Excellence for Outstanding Civics Teacher by Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) President Robert A. Kutcher during the LSBA’s MidYear Meeting in Baton Rouge. The award is jointly presented by the LSBA and the Louisiana Center for Law and Civic Education (LCLCE). Photo by Matthew Hinton Photography.​

For more details and  award nomination information click here.


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 2020 submissions is March 31, 2020. For more information, click here.   












The 2019 Civics in Action Award was presented to Abigail Roberts, a senior at Captain Shreve High School in Shreveport, The presentation was made by Louisiana Supreme Court Associate Justice Scott J. Crichton at the Justice Catherine D. Kimball Summer Institute .

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