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Law Related Education Programs
• When Love Hurts
When Love Hurts educates young people throughout the state about the rights, responsibilities and realities surrounding teen dating violence.

• We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution
A program designed to enhance student understanding of constitutional democracy and its contemporary relevance.

• Civics in Action Goes Viral

• Civics in Action
A civics education initiative aimed at adults.

• A Lawyer & Judge In Every School
An annual event that pairs attorneys and judges with NH classrooms to discuss topics related to the legal profession.

• We the People: Project Citizen
A program for middle school students that promotes participation in state and local government while actively engaging students in learning how to monitor and influence public policy.

• Leapholes - Middle School Pilot Project Program
"Leapholes" by James Grippando tells the story of a middle school boy and a magical old attorney. Together they do legal research by zooming through "Leapholes"; physically entering law books and meeting actual people from famous cases.

• Constitution Day - September 17
NH Supreme Court Essay Contest Details.

• Court House Tours
The best way to learn more about the court system is to come out and visit a court. It is even possible to visit a court while a trial is in session. With 66 courts throughout the state, a field trip is within easy driving distance.
LRE Program News
When Love Hurts:
Rights, Responsibilities, Realities

A NH Bar Association Program on Teen Dating Violence

NHBA President Jaye Rancourt presents "When Love Hurts" to students at Concord High School.
Photo: Andy Hershberger, WMUR
The NH Bar Association's new program on teen dating violence, When Love Hurts: Rights, Responsibilities, Realities, was introduced in NH Schools during the month of May. The curriculum for the program is geared toward students in grades 8-12. Learn more about the program: Contact LRE Program Coordinator Robin E. Knippers, 603-715-3259 for more information.

Law Related Education Resources
• Patriots, Pirates, Politicians and Profit Seekers NH Cases and the United States Supreme Court, Second Edition (PDF)
With an historic vote on June 21, 1788, NH ratified the US Constitution. In the more than two hundred years since that time, NH citizens have had many encounters with the US Supreme Court over the interpretation of that document. This text, updated in 2013, highlights many NH cases, which established legal principles that have affected the relationship between citizens and government and, as a result, made legal history. NOTE: The full document will be available soon. The linked PDF contains a sampling.

• A Guide to NH Courts (PDF)
A publication of the NH Judicial Branch, in cooperation with the NH Bar Association, funded by the NH Bar Foundation

• iCivics
iCivics prepares young Americans to become knowledgeable, engaged 21st century citizens by creating free and innovative educational materials.

• Lesson Plans (PDF)
The NHBA Law Related Education Program has lesson plans on a variety of topics available.
• Library Resources (PDF)
The NHBA Law Related Education Program has many videos, books and educational resource kits available.

• Mock Trial Resources
The NHBA provides information, materials, case examples and volunteer referrals for schools interested in the Mock Trial Program.

• A Video Tour of the NH Courts

• Credit Abuse Resistance Education Program

• Beyond High School: A Guide to Your Rights & Responsibilities
A guide explaining common laws that adults need to be aware of as they make decisions in adulthood.

• "Know Your Rights" Workshops
Attorney Joshua L. Gordon educates NH youth on what to do and say when confronted by law enforcement.

• Curriculum Resources on NH History

• Useful Links
Opportunities for Teachers
View the Law Related Education program dates and opportunities.

Find out about upcoming program opportunities for middle and high school teachers. View calendar.

Contact LRE Coordinator Robin E. Knippers at 603-224-6942, ext. 3259 for more information.
Opportunities for Attorneys
The NHBA Law Related Education Program offers many opportunities to volunteer. From judging the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution to simply visiting a classroom on Law Day, your time will surely have a positive impact on your community. Program Dates.

For details on our programs and how you can help, visit the Law Related Education Programs page or contact Robin E. Knippers, Law Related Education Coordinator at 603-224-6942, ext. 3259.
Calendar of Program Opportunities
Find out about upcoming program opportunities for middle and high school teachers. View Calendar.
What is Law Related Education?
  LRE Coordinator Robin E. Knippers
Law Related Education (LRE) serves as a tool to help youth connect their values to civic participation and become the kind of active citizens democracy depends on.

The NHBA Law Related Education Program is directed by the Law Related Education Coordinator, Robin E. Knippers, along with a committee relating to the individual LRE programs. The program began in 1985 and now serves over 50,000 students and teachers in New Hampshire. LRE provides curriculum resources, development and educational opportunities, interactive projects with attorneys, law firms, and schools across New Hampshire.

NHBA LRE Mission Statement
Law Related Education (LRE) encompasses a variety of programs for students in grades K-12, designed to teach students about law, the legal system and the fundamental principles upon which our constitutional democracy is based. Activities are intended to foster partnerships between schools and attorneys who volunteer their time for educational purposes.
The Law Related Act of 1978
According to the Law Related Act of 1978, LRE is "education to equip non-lawyers with the knowledge and skills pertaining to the law, the legal process, and the legal system, and fundamental principles and values on which these are based." The U.S. Department of Education regulations supporting the Act add that LRE helps students "respond effectively to the law and legal issues in our complex and changing society."
LRE Today
Today, LRE embraces a rich and varied array of programs for all grade levels. These programs share a common goal of fostering the knowledge, skills, and values students need to function effectively in a society defined by its democratic institutions, pluralism, and the rule of law. LRE strives to develop the active citizens a democratic society requires: those who can understand, live in, and contribute positively to the civic communities to which they belong.

Financial Support for the Law Related Education Program  is provided by


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