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  • SPRING 2008
Educating the Public about the Law




Inspiring Youth Voters

According to the US Census Bureau in 2005, for the 2004 election, young-voter turnout was greater than at any other point in the 35 years that 18-year-olds have had the right to vote.   More...

Law Day Celebrates
50 Years in DC

Fifty years ago President Eisenhower proclaimed the first Law Day a "day of national dedication to the principle of government under law." In honor of the 50th anniversary, the ABA celebrated Law Day in our nation's capital.   More...

Mark Your Calendars for Constitution Day 2008

Debate it. Discuss it. Understand it. Constitution Day, September 17, 2008. This year's series will focus on how the Constitution shaped the election process in the United States.   More...


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Lone Star Stories: Texans on Justice YouTube Video Winners

Judge Higginbotham Tribute During Black History Month

Evergreen High
School Takes Civic Participation to the Next Level

What We Owe Our Young People by
Lee Hamilton

35th National Conference On Juvenile Justice

Constitutional Rights Foundation Names Jonathan Estrin, President


Leapholes Pilot Program

The New Hampshire Bar Association (NHBA) invited several local middle schools to take part in a Law-Related Education (LRE) pilot project to help students learn the value of the rule of law.   More...

Insights on Law &
Society—China and
the Rule of Law

As Beijing prepares to host the summer Olympics, the current issue of Insights magazine focuses on the rule of law in China.   More...

Common Core Report on the State of Education

A new report from Common Core finds that many of America’s high school students do not possess the basic knowledge they need to succeed in the world or to achieve their full potential as democratic citizens. More...

Insights Magazine
End-of-Inventory Sale

Act quickly to receive four issues of Insights magazine for $14.99. This limited time offer includes the following issues: Youth, Rights, and the Constitution; The Rule Of Law; Women, Law, and Social Change: A Global View; A Colorblind Constitution? Then, Now, In 25 Years. More...

ABA Silver Gavel Award Winners Announced

The 2008 ABA Silver Gavel Award for Media and the Arts winners have been announced. Each year the Gavel Awards recognize entries from communications media that have been exemplary in helping to foster the American public's understanding of the law and the legal system. Categories include books, commentaries, documentaries, magazines, and websites.


Supreme Court Update
For decades, it was conventional wisdom that it was only a matter of time before an “evolving” sense of decency would cause America to join with other nations that have banned the death penalty. Now, those assumptions may be in need of revision.   More...

Legislative Update
As the presidential campaign continues to dominate the front pages, many important, but less-celebrated, school issues are coming to a head in the state and federal legislatures.   More...




Research and Development in Law, Justice, Education, and Youth

National LRE and
Youth-Serving Resources



ABA Division for Public Education on Talking Justice - Happy Anniversary, No Vehicles in the Park

ABA Initiatives

ABA Resources

Division Calendar

Youth Courts



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