American Democracy and the Rule of Law:
Why Every Vote Matters
|One of our most cherished national ideals, expressed eloquently by Abraham Lincoln, is “government of the people, by the people, for the people.” It is a principle enshrined in our Nation’s founding documents, from the Declaration of Independence’s assurance that governments derive their powers from the consent of the governed, to the opening three words of the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution, “We the People.”
The right to vote is the very foundation of government by the people. For this reason, striving to establish and protect every citizen’s right to vote has been a central theme of American legal and civic history. Much of the struggle on voting rights began decades ago, but the work is far from complete, and a citizen’s right to cast a ballot remains at risk today.
As we approach the 50th anniversaries of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the 2014 Law Day theme, American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters, calls on every American to reflect on the importance of a citizen’s right to vote and the challenges we still face in ensuring that all Americans have the opportunity to participate in our democracy.
Visit www.lawday.org for more details. Stay tuned for additional resources, including lesson plans, the Law Day Planning Guide, planning tips and resources, and 2014 Themed Law Day products.
|International Law: 100 Ways It Shapes Our Lives|
A readable, easy to understand guide for educators, students and the public that provides examples of "the concrete and specific ways" that international law affects us every day in daily life, leisure, travel, commerce, and education, as well as in public safety and international conflict. From The American Society of International Law. Download the guide.
Dialogue on Law in the 21st Century
Providing lawyers, judges, and teachers with the resources they need to engage students and community members, the Dialogue on Law in the 21st Century explores three topics: reforming American government in the 21st century, music distribution and copyright, and pirates and the law.
Take the America's Lawyer-Presidents' quiz to learn more about our past presidents. The first person to get all answers correct wins a signed copy of the 2nd edition of America's Lawyer-Presidents: From Law Office to Oval Office.
Junior Judges: Helping Kids Make Smart Choices
This video tape features seven 5-minute vignettes geared toward teaching elementary students to judge for themselves the right thing to do in difficult situations involving cheating, destroying property, stealing, teasing, bullying, drugs and alcohol, and gangs and weapons. Download the curriculum guide. This curriculum guide thoroughly prepares the attorney presenter to facilitate student discussion in these topics.
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Law Day in the Media
|Bringing the law to the classroom, Union Leader, 6/11/12
Law Day Presidential Proclamations Archive
|Presidential Proclamation -- Law Day, 2014|
Please check back for the 2014 proclamation.
Presidential Proclamation -- Law Day, 2013
"As a Nation, we are bound together not by the colors of our skin, the tenets of our faith, or the origins of our names. What unites us as Americans is our allegiance to an idea articulated more than two centuries ago: that "all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness..." Read more.
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Elementary School Lesson Plans
| ♦ The United States Constitution and the Equal Protection Clause for Young Students|
♦ A Guide to NH Courts
♦ A Dog's Day
♦ Spilled Coffee
♦ Candy Bar Contracts
♦ No Vehicles in the Park
♦ Rules, Rules, Rules: The Eraser Game
♦ Census-The Constitutional Count
♦ Inside a Courtroom
♦ The Role of a Lawyer
Middle and High School Lesson Plans
| ♦ Cyber Bullying: Take a Stand. Lend a Hand. Stop Bullying Now!|
♦ A Rockin' Resolution: The Art of Negotiation for Middle School Students
♦ Just the Facts – What are the steps in a trial?
♦ NH Consumer Protection Sourcebook
♦ Example of fraud targeted at high school kids and parents
♦ No Illegal Downloading
♦ What Was Abraham Lincoln's Legacy to American Constitutionalism and Citizenship?
This supplementary lesson, written for the We the People program, is designed to be taught after students have completed Lessons 1-7 (Unit 1) and 17 (Unit 1) of the We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution Level 3 text.
♦ The Court System
♦ What is a Felony?
♦ Child Support: How Much Support Should a Spouse Pay?
♦ Sexual Harassment Preventive Training in Schools
♦ Search and Seizure
♦ What is Truth?
♦ A Guide to NH Courts
♦ The Rule of Law in Times of Crisis
♦ Glossary of Legal Terms
♦ The Story of House Bill 903
♦ The Three Branches of Government
♦ The Cost of Credit
Sites For Lesson Plans and Ideas
| ♦ Center for Civic Education
♦ National Constitution Center
♦ Lesson Plans page - ABA
♦ Speech Ideas/Talking Points page - ABA
♦ Civics Online
♦ Advice to Lawyers and Teachers
♦ Guidelines for Role-Playing Exercises