Louisiana Center for Law and Civic Education

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Open Doors to Federal Courts

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana (New Orleans, La.)

This program is offered in partnership with the Federal Court and is made available to high school seniors attending schools in the 13 parishes that comprise the Eastern District of Louisiana.  These students are invited into the Court for a day long program conducted in conjunction with the Administrative Office of the Court's outreach effort.  The objective of the program is to aid in teaching about the role, structure and operations of the federal court in an interactive way, to put a human face on the justice system and to make students aware of the role of the court in balancing liberties and community safety. 

The goal of the Citizens, Not Spectators program is to increase the voting rate among young Americans by providing engaging voter education to students. To accomplish this goal, this program offers a curriculum that demystifies the voting process by teaching students how to cast a vote, how the voting process works, how to become an informed voter, and why it is important to cast an informed vote. The curriculum focuses on hands-on, active learning. Using actual voter registration forms and ballots, students receive instruction in how to register and cast a vote in a simulated election. Citizens, Not Spectators can be taught at any time, but is most effective when the course culminates around the time of an actual federal, state, or local election. This program is made possible through a cooperative effort by the Center for Civic Education and the Arsalyn Program of Ludwick Family Foundation. Lesson plans are available for download here.


"We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution" is a national program directed by the Center for Civic Education. Based on curriculum designed to promote a deeper understanding of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, the goal is to promote civic competence and responsibility among elementary and secondary students.

All three levels of We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution are now aligned with the Common Core State Standards:

Level 1
Level 2
Level 3

Each year, Louisiana students statewide compete and demonstrate their mastery of the Constitution. The LCLCE hosts the high school Congressional District Competitions and the Louisiana State Competition. The state champions travel to Washington D.C. in the spring to represent their state in the “We the People” national finals. 

The 2019 state competition was held at Loyola University on Saturday, January 26, 2019. The winning team was Haynes Academy for Advanced Studies. They will represent Louisiana at the National Competition on April 26 - April 29, 2019 in Washington D.C. 

The 2020 State Competition will be held in January 2020. The winning team will represent Louisiana at the National Competition in April 2020 in Washington D.C.

The Lawyers in the Classroom and Judges in the Classroom programs provide volunteer professionals from the legal community an opportunity to enhance civics and law related education in Louisiana classrooms. During the 2016-17 school year 6,000 students statewide have benefited from this program.

The LCLCE partners with the Louisiana State Bar Association and the Louisiana District Judges Association to bring volunteer lawyers, judges and educators together to deliver exciting, inter-active law-related presentations. These professionals will share their practical and real world experiences with students.The two programs have materials available on a wide variety of topics in the area of civics or law-related instruction. Click here for an illustrative listing of the many topics/lessons that may be utilized by  guest presenters.

For educators interested in participating in the Lawyers in the Classroom and Judges in the Classroom programs, there is no charge. To enroll, all educators need to do is complete the enrollment form linked to here. The LCLCE will attempt to match your classroom needs with one of the many volunteers from the legal community in your area.

For judges and lawyers interested in participating in the Lawyers in the Classroom/Judges in the Classroom programs, all you have to do is complete and return this enrollment form. The LCLCE will attempt to match you with one of the classrooms in your area. Once a match is found, the LCLCE will contact you.

Remember, Constitution Day is coming up on September 17th. What a great time to incorporate the Lawyers in the Classroom and Judges in the Classroom programs into Louisiana classrooms.

Law Day 2019
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The St. Bernard News - September 27, 2017
Archbishop Rummel High School News - April 29, 2015
Archbishop Rummel High School News - November 21, 2014
Louisiana Bar Journal - December 2011/ January 2012
dailycomet.com - May 2011
The New Orleans Times-Picayune - September 2010


Congressional District and State Congressional Hearing Competitions

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Looking for “We the People” Alumni!

Did you participate in the “We the People” simulated congressional hearing competitions in high school? Would you like to stay involved as alumni of this amazing law related educational experience? Would you like to be kept informed of current “We the People” activities in your area, receive networking opportunities with other alumni and hear about volunteer opportunities?   If so, please contact Tyler Barker, the Louisiana 2010-11 STAR (State Alumni Representative) at tbarker@tulane.edu or call 504-908-0107 with your current contact information.


iCivics is an innovative web-based civic education project targeting teachers and students with games and lessons designed to reinforce Louisiana's civics and government standards. iCivics is the vision of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, and is coordinated in Louisiana by The Louisiana Center for Law and Civic Education.

The links below will take you to the curriculum units and lessons.


The iCivics site includes a wide range of games that can be used at home or in the classroom to reinforce content.


A teacher's guide can be located at the link below to help you get started using iCivics in your classroom and keep track of student assignments.

Teacher's Guide 


Citizens, Not Spectators

LCLCE Programs

Justice Catherine D. Kimball Summer Institute
James Madison Legacy Project

Wednesday, July 17 – Friday, July 19, 2019
Louisiana Supreme Court Building, 400 Royal Street, New Orleans


LCLCE professional development programs are made possible by private donations received from members of the Louisiana legal community, and through the support of the Louisiana State Bar Association, Louisiana District Judges Association, Louisiana Bar Foundation, Louisiana Judicial Excellence Fund and the U.S. Department of Education through the Supporting Effective Educator Development program.


Lawyers in the Classroom/ Judges in the Classroom