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 Wednesday, September 6, 2017. 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.














The 2016 recipient of the Judge Benjamin Jones Judges in the Classroom Award  is Judge Randall J. Bethancourt, 32nd JDC. From left, LCLCE President Larry Centola, Bethancourt and Louisiana District Judges Association President Marilyn Castle.

Judge Randall L. Bethancourt, 32nd JDC, was presented with the 2016 Judge Benjamin Jones Judges in the Classroom Award by Louisiana District Judge Association President Marilyn Castle. Judge Bethancourt was honored with this award for having contributed greatly to the law-related education of Louisiana youth, having reached well over 17,000 students in classroom and courtroom educational presentations since 2003. The presentation was held at the 2016 Fall Judges Conference in New Orleans on October 2, 2016.

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.

Kirby Gordon, Jr., a teacher at Galvez Middle School in Prairieville, was presented with the 2017 President’s Award by Louisiana Supreme Court Associate Justice Jefferson D. Hughes. The presentation was made at a reception held at the Louisiana State Bar Association’s MidYear Meeting.











From left, Louisiana Supreme Court Associate Justice Jefferson D. Hughes, Kirby Gordon, Jr. LCLCE President Lawrence J. Centola, III and LSBA President Darrel J. Papillion.

2018 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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