​​​​Judges/Lawyers in the Classroom 


Have a judge or a lawyer visit with your students. 
Click here for a fillable request form and topic suggestions. 

From left, Judge Bruce Hampton hosting a mock trial in Ruston; Judges Katherine Dorroh and Karelia Stewart at Rusheon Middle School in Bossier City; Judge Sharon Marchman at A. J. Clark Magnet School in Monroe; and Judge Patricia Koch at Holy Savior Menard High School in Alexandria.  Volunteer form for judges and lawyers can be found here

Louisiana School Boards Annual Conference Exhibitor
March 10-12, 2024
​Baton Rouge, LA

Law Day Day Events
May 1, 2024

CEAS Professional Development Program for Teachers
May 4, 2024
National World War II Museum
New Orleans, LA

LCLCE Reception at Louisiana State Bar Association Annual Meeting
Thursday, June 6, 2024, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort, Destin, FL
(no fees to attend - all annual meeting and summer school attendees are welcome)

Justice Catherine D. Kimball Summer Institute
June 23 - 28, 2024
Chief Justice Pascal F. Calogero, Jr. Courthouse
400 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA 


2023-24 LCLCE Officers Sworn In by Chief Justice John L. Weimer
Louisiana State Bar Association Annual Meeting
Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort, Destin, FL                         

Photo courtesy of Matthew Hinton Photography

Louisiana Center for Law and Civic Education’s President Judge Shayna Beevers Morvant presented The Honorable Roger P. Hamilton Jr. with the 2023 Judge Benjamin Jones Judges in the Classroom Award.

Photo courtesy of Matthew Hinton Photography

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 public education 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.

Louisiana Center for Law and Civic Education

​​​Calendar of Civics Education Events

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LCLCE Board member Judge C. Wendell Manning, center, with the 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 District Judges 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. 
LCLCE  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, ​and the Louisiana Bar Foundation.
​Louisiana Center for Law and Civic Education, 601 St. Charles Avenue, 4th Floor, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Tel: (504) 619.0134  Toll free: (800) 421.5722  Fax: (504) 528.9154    Email: peggy.cotogno@lsba.org  Web: www.lalce.org