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Division for Public Education

The Division for Public Education provides reliable information about the law and legal issues, including resources and programs for educators, students, journalists, legal professionals, opinion leaders, and the public to advance public understanding of law and its role in society.

Law Day 2024

Voices of Democracy

The Voices of Democracy Law Day theme encourages Americans to participate in the 2024 elections by deepening their understanding of the electoral process; discussing issues in honest and civil ways; turning out to vote; and, finally, helping to move the country forward after free and fair elections. In this way, Americans ensure that our government remains responsive to the wishes of the people. We invite all Americans to join us on May 1, 2024, to celebrate Law Day by lifting their voices to strengthen our democracy.

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About the Division

The Division fulfills its mission to advance public understanding of law and society in three ways: educating the public about civic responsibilities, the law, the courts, and the legal system; empowering teachers by providing resources that incorporate law and civics into K-12 curricula; and engaging students through thought-provoking resources and learning experiences to broaden understanding of law and government.

Silver Gavel Awards

Stream the 65th Anniversary Silver Gavel Awards Presentation

The Silver Gavel Awards are highly selective; this year the ABA is presenting nine Silver Gavels in all eligible categories, which include books, commentary, documentaries, drama, literature, magazines, multimedia, newspapers, radio, and television. Stream the virtual event that happened, Tuesday July 25, 2023 at 5:30 PM ET.

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Become a partner and elevate your brand at the 65th Anniversary Silver Gavel Awards! Enjoy exclusive perks like reserved tables, prime ad space, prominent signage, web recognition, video ad placement, and social media visibility. Join us for an unforgettable event!

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The U.S. Supreme Court

About the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court plays a critical role in protecting American democracy. The ABA is committed to educating the public about how the Court works, engaging lawyers with professional development resources, and providing context on notable cases that could have a lasting impact on society.

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Our Programs

The Division for Public Education coordinates annual events that celebrate and promote public awareness of the law, such as Law Day and the Silver Gavel Awards. We also offer civic education resources and programs for students and teachers, which include: Summer Institute for Teachers, Civics and Law Academy, and the National LRE Conference.

Resources for Teachers

ABA Teacher Portal

The Teacher's Portal is designed to help teacher's educate their students about the law. These resources were developed by the ABA Division for Public Education. They include lessons plans, programs, publications and information on professional development.

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Summer Teachers Institutes

About the programs

The Division works with various courts and legal organizations to provide enriching professional development opportunities for middle and high school teachers seeking to engage students in the workings of the courts, landmark case studies, and the rule of law.

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Support Public Education

Generous donor support provides valuable tools to educate, empower, and engage the public to promote understanding of law and its vital role in our society.

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Cornerstones of Democracy Conversation Guide

Download your free copy of the ABA’s Cornerstones of Democracy Conversation Guide to learn how to engage members in your community in civil conversations on critical issues.

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Independent Judiciary Resources

The nation’s founders created the judiciary as an independent, co-equal branch of government to ensure it is protected from outside political influences. The ABA is committed to upholding the Constitution, the judicial process and equal justice under the law.

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Preview of US Supreme Court Cases

Preview provides expert, plain language analysis of all cases given plenary review by the Supreme Court. Written by experts for everyone.

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Law Matters

Law Matters is the Division's monthly electronic newsletter. Each issue reports on developments, ideas, programs, events, and resources in the field of law-related education (LRE).

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What is the Rule of Law?

The rule of law is a set of principles, or ideals, for ensuring an orderly and just society. Many countries throughout the world strive to uphold the rule of law where no one is above the law, everyone is treated equally under the law, everyone is held accountable to the same laws, there are clear and fair processes for enforcing laws, there is an independent judiciary, and human rights are guaranteed for all.

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The Public

Do you have questions about legal matters that occur in everyday life? The Public Portal will walk you through a number of legal matters that occur in everyday life. Take advantage of the legal FAQ's, publications and The Law Issues for Consumers.

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The Teacher's Portal is designed to help teacher's educate their students about the law. These resources were developed by the ABA Division for Public Education. They include lessons plans, programs, publications and information on professional development.

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Legal Professionals

The Advance Portal features content and resources designed for Lawyers, Judges and other Legal Professionals.

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ABA Legal Fact Check

ABA Legal Fact Check seeks to help the media and public find dependable answers and explanations to sometimes confusing legal questions and issues. It is produced by the ABA Media Relations and Strategic Communications Division and emphasizes case and statutory law and other legal precedents to separate legal fact from fiction. Each ABA Legal Fact Check is routinely reviewed by subject-matter experts prior to release, and does not represent official policies or positions of the American Bar Association, its Board of Governors, or its House of Delegates.

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Committees and Staff

Public Education staff is available to provide you with the resources you need to help further public understanding of the rule of law. Simply email us at [email protected], call 312.988.5735, or click on the link to contact our Committees or staff.