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.

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.

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.

The Anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment

The centennial anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment gives state and local bar associations, lawyers, judges and other legal professionals, educators and civic organizations the opportunity to celebrate 100 years of women’s constitutional right to vote, to educate the public about the Nineteenth Amendment and the battle for women’s suffrage, and to promote law that ensures women’s full and equal exercise of their right to vote and to participate in our democracy.

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Summer Institutes for Teachers

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. Application deadlines and program dates are now available for 2019.

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Publications

Insights on Law and Society

Insights on Law & Society is a magazine for teachers of civics, government, history, and law. Each issue of Insights Magazine explores a law-related topic from several angles, provides lesson ideas and highlights real life students and practitioners

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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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YourLaw

YourLaw is a four-page client newsletter written with your clients in mind. Each quarterly issue contains articles that alert clients to a wide range of legal issues that may affect them.

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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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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.

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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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 publiceducation@americanbar.org, call 312.988.5735, or click on the link to contact our Committees or staff.