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.

Programs include:

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.

Connecticut Court Visitation Program
Students witness real-life criminal court proceedings.

Bill of Rights in Action
Students gain a more solid understanding of how the US Constitution affects their lives.

Mock Trial Competitions
Co-sponsored by Civics First Inc., 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 US Constitution on September 17, 1787.


Civics Education Events

2017 Law Day Ceremony

DSC_0175The Connecticut Bar Association's Civics Education Committee held its annual Law Day Celebration on Friday, May 5, at the Connecticut Appellate Court in Hartford. Students from CREC Public Safety Academy in Enfield were joined by CBA President-elect Karen DeMeola, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill, Civics Education Committee Chair Ralph Monaco, and committee members Jonathan Weiner and Kathy Calibey.

Law Day is a national effort to inform citizens about the importance of the law and the role it plays in our everyday lives. This year's theme, declared by the American Bar Association, was "The 14th Amendment: Transforming American Democracy."

Students constructed essays based on a fact pattern presented to them about a 15-year-old boy named Carlos Sanchez who, although he was born in the United States, his mother's visa has expired. Carlos wants to try out for his high school's soccer team; however, at the request of parents within the school district, in order to participate in any high school athletic team program, students must establish his or her parents' residency.

DSC_0178 Original SizeCREC Public Safety Academy students were asked whether or not they believed that this ordinance is constitutional under Section One of the Fourteenth Amendment. The top three essay winners presented their essays to the appellate court judges. After their essay presentations, the students ate lunch at the Connecticut State Capitol where they each received citations from Secretary of the State Denise Merrill.

Want to see more photos? Visit our Facebook page to view our 2017 Law Day photo album!