Civics Education

The CBA's Civics Education programs help give students throughout Connecticut a better insight into the United States legal system. These Civics Education Programs can help supplement your curriculum and bring the world of civics to life for students.

Adult Civic Education covers a wide range of areas, from wiretapping to eminent domain, so that students can better understand the intricacies of civics and American government;

The Connecticut Court Visitation Program, where students witness real-life criminal court proceedings;

Bill of Rights in Action, in which students gain a more solid understanding of how the U.S. Constitution affects their lives;

Mock Trial Competitions, co-sponsored by Civics First Inc., where middle and high school students compete against other Connecticut schools in a battle of courtroom wits, right in the classroom;

For more information, or to request a speaker for your students, please contact civicsed@ctbar.org.

Constitution Day, A yearly celebration remembering the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787;

Civics Education Events

2013 Law Day Celebration

President Dwight D. Eisenhower designated May 1 as Law Day in 1958, and the United States Congress designated it as an annual nationwide event in 1961. Its purpose is to raise public awareness of American law and justice and their impact on our lives. Law Day is a national effort to inform citizens about the importance of law and the role it plays in our everyday lives.

The Connecticut Bar Association celebrated Law Day on May 2, 2013 at the Connecticut Appellate Court in Hartford. This year’s theme, declared by the American Bar Association, was “Realizing the Dream, Equality for All.” The program featured a dramatic reading of important documents in United States history regarding the right of equal protection under the law by students from across the state. These documents included portions of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I have a Dream” speech, the Declaration of Independence, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the Fourteen and Nineteen Amendments of the United States Constitution.  
 
The Honorable Alexandra DiPentima, Chief Appellate Court Judge, welcomed attendees to the 2013 Law Day Celebration and described the ceremony as “bringing the bench, bar, and public together to celebrate the rule of law.” In reflection on the planning of this year’s Law Day, DiPentima stated that the “words from our founding documents paired with the power from our next generation was the best way to celebrate.”
 
Connecticut Bar Association President Barry C. Hawkins supported Judge DePentima’s sentiment with his remarks to the students prior to their readings. “We are in gratitude to all you students for your dedication, your talents, and the efforts that you are about to partake in—in making this important ceremony a success.” Superior Court Judge Susan B. Handy then introduced the ceremony’s moderator, Attorney Eric Parker, morning co-anchor for WFSB Channel 3 News. 
 
The following students submitted a video audition of their dramatic reading and were selected by the Connecticut Bar Association’s Civics Education Committee to participate in this year’s Law Day celebration:
 
Cromwell Middle School, Cromwell: Blaise Serra, Victoria Cholodecki
Duffy Elementary School, West Hartford: Katie Simpson
Eastford Elementary School, Eastford: Madelyn Grube, Ely Driscoll, Olivia Duncan, Nikolas Jakubowski, Silas Bunnell, Colin Glenn, Jake Owens,
Dylan Grube, Emma Kellermann
Frenchtown Elementary School, Trumbull: Gabriel Morgia
Mystic Middle School, Mystic: Alexi Switz, Jessica Webber
Park City Magnet, Bridgeport: E-Nijae Strode-Sims, Leslie Moncada, Ricardo Gayle, Roberto Melendez, Mariah Young-Arrington
 
After the readings, Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise W. Merrill presented citations to each of the students. 

The CBA would like to thank all those who participated in Law Day 2013.

Attorney Eric Parker, morning co-anchor for WFSB Channel 3 News (far left) and Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise W. Merrill (center) with the student presenters at this year’s Connecticut Bar Association Law Day Ceremony. 

Click here to watch the 2013 Law Day ceremony on YouTube

This recording was graciously donated by Brandon Smith Reporting & Video LLC