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Celebrating the Election on Constitution Day

Celebrate Constitution Day on September 17 as the ABA Division for Public Education focuses on the election amendments and the Electoral College with The Vote—Debate it. Discuss it. Understand it.   More...

Participate in the National Online Youth Summit

The National Online Youth Summit (NOYS) offers high school students the chance to study, research, analyze, and discuss an issue online with students around the country.   More...

Law-Related Education Conference 2009

The ABA Division for Public Education is sponsoring the 26th Law-Related Education Leadership Conference in Chicago, Oct 1-3, 2009.   More...

On The Docket: The Legal and Media Worlds Look at the Supreme Court ’08 Term

Join the American Bar Association and the Newseum in D.C. on September 25, 4-5:30 p.m., for a panel discussion on the upcoming Supreme Court term from the point of view of leading Court journalists and experts.   More...


THIS ISSUE triangle

Law Day 2009 Theme Announced

History Teachers Go Back to School for Legal Lessons

Gavel Awards Recognize Those in Media and the Arts

American Juries: The Verdict—Book Review


Insights Focuses on
the Environment and
the Election

Current issues of Insights on Law & Society—a magazine for teachers of civics, government, history and law are now available online.   More...

The Rule of Law: A National Town Hall Meeting Video

Download the video of the 8th Annual Leon Jaworski Public Program, The Rule of Law: A National Town Hall Meeting.   More...

New Edition: ABA’s
Complete Personal
Legal Guide

The Division for Public Education will release a new edition of the ABA’s Complete Personal Legal Guide: The Essential Reference for
Every Household
October 2008.   More...

It’s all About the Vote—Election Day
Web Site

Visit www.abanet.org/vote to prepare yourself for the 2008 presidential elections.   More...

Online Game Empowers Americans to Manage the Federal Budget

The American Public Media, in partnership with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, recently launched “Budget Hero”—an online game that lets citizens weigh in on where their tax dollars should go.   More...


Supreme Court Update
The 2007-2008 Supreme Court term was perhaps most remarkable for the varying and unexpected coalitions of justices that decided the most controversial cases.   More...

Legislative Update
As the 2008 presidential election nears, LawMatters is taking a closer look at the education plans of the two principal candidates, Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Barack Obama (D-IL).   More...




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