Realizing the Dream: Equality for All
|The promise of equality under the law is what has made America a beacon to other nations. It is a pledge clearly set forth in the Declaration of Independence and in the opening words of the Preamble of the Constitution, "We the People." It is, in the words of Abraham Lincoln, the proposition to which our nation is dedicated.
The year 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation. In 1963, during the Proclamation’s centennial, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood in front of the Lincoln Memorial and called upon our nation to live up to the great promise, enshrined in its founding documents, of equality for all. Five decades later, the inspirational words of Rev. Dr. King’s "I Have a Dream" speech continue to resonate and challenge us to live up to our national ideal of equality under the law. The legacy of the Civil Rights Movement can be seen in the strides that have been made against discrimination based on race, gender, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, disability, and sexual orientation.
Law Day, May 1, 2013, will provide an opportunity to explore the movement for civil and human rights in America and the impact it has had in promoting the ideal of equality under the law. It will provide a forum for reflecting on the work that remains to be done in rectifying injustice, eliminating all forms of discrimination, and putting an end to human trafficking and other violations of our basic human rights. As Rev. Dr. King pointed out in his Letter from a Birmingham Jail, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
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 2013 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.
To retain a copy of the video, please contact Robin E. Knippers at 603-224-6942, ext. 3259. Quantities are limited.
Developed by the ABA Young Lawyers Division
Provided bt the NHBA New Lawyers Committee
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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, 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.
Download past presidential proclamations.
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