Our Programs

The Division for Public Education programs include Law Day, the Summer Institute for Teachers, National Civics and Law Academy, the Silver Gavel Awards, and the National Law Related Education Conference. 

Law Day

About Law Day

The American Bar Association holds Law Day on May 1st every year to celebrate the role of law in our society and to cultivate a deeper understanding of the legal profession.

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National Civics and Law Academy

The National Civics & Law Academy offers students a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It is an extraordinary opportunity for young people to visit the nation's capital to experience "close up" law, government, and the justice system in the United States.

Judge John G. Grady Virtual Summer Teachers Institute

Join us Virtually

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. During Summer 2021, we will be featuring a virtual institute with the Northern District of Illinois with Dean Erwin Chemerinsky as the featured speaker.

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Silver Gavel Awards

About Silver Gavel

The American Bar Association annually presents the Silver Gavel Awards to recognize work in media and the arts published or presented during the preceding year that have been exemplary in helping to foster the American public’s understanding of law and the legal system.

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National Law-Related Education Conference

About NLRE

Freedom of speech is widely regarded as a foundational value of constitutional democracies. The 2018 National Law-Related Education Conference will focus on “Free Speech Today.” We will examine the current issues regarding free speech, while noting its history and considering its future, domestically and globally.

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Constitution Day

Constitution Day commemorates the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787 by the delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. Publicly funded educational institutions and federal agencies celebrate the day by providing educational programming about the history of the Constitution.