Nominate a High School Student for the 2023 Ralph J. Monaco Memorial Civics Education Award

Written Thursday, March 16, 2023

The Ralph J. Monaco Memorial Civics Education Award is bestowed each year on one or more current Connecticut high school student(s), in their junior or senior year of study, who have demonstrated a significant commitment to advancing civic engagement. Participation in extracurricular activities promoting civic engagement, civics education, and the rule of law, such as mock trial, student government, speech and debate, Model U.N., or other forensic activities and student activism shall be considered favorably.

The 2023 Award will be presented during the CBA’s annual Law Day celebrations on May 5. The Award will be accompanied by a monetary grant, drawn from The Ralph J. Monaco Memorial Civics Education Fund. Please consider supporting the Fund, and please help spread the word of this opportunity to individuals who may wish to nominate deserving candidates for the Award.

Use the links below to submit a nomination and access more information on the Ralph J. Monaco Memorial Civics Education Award and how to donate to the Ralph J. Monaco Memorial Civics Education Fund. The deadline to submit a nomination for the Ralph J. Monaco Memorial Civic Education Award is April 14, 2023. Selected recipients must be available to attend the May 5, 2023 Law Day celebrations, to be held at the Connecticut Appellate Court, 75 Elm St, Hartford at 10:00 a.m.

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Learn About the Ralph J. Monaco Civics Education Award and Fund

Ralph MonacoRalph J. Monaco, the CBA's 87th president, passed away on Saturday, July 10, 2021. Attorney Monaco served as president during the 2010-2011 bar year, and was, at the time of his service, the second youngest president in the history of the Connecticut Bar Association. He was a dedicated member of the CBA, leading numerous important initiatives, before, during, and after his service as president. Attorney Monaco made civics education a cornerstone of his platform as CBA president. He also served as chair and an active member of the CBA Civics Education Committee for many years after his presidency and volunteered his time as a high school mock trial coach and judge to share his love of the law with others.