A video from Washington's judicial branch challenges some mistaken ideas about how courts work by using real person-on-the-street interviews and responses from judges, justices, a court clerk and a state legislator. The video was produced by the Public Trust & Confidence Committee of the Board for Judicial Administration (BJA) in partnership with Washington's public affairs station, TVW, with financial support provided by the Washington State Gender and Justice Commission and Minority and Justice Commission.
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The Council on Public Legal Education is accepting nominations for its Flame of Democracy Award, given to an individual, organization or program in Washington State that has made a significant contribution to increasing the public’s understanding of law, the justice system or government. The mission of the CPLE is to promote public understanding of the law and civic rights and responsibilities.
Working with national experts including judges and teachers, NCSC developed a series of graphic novels that are fun and educational and come with comprehensive lesson plans that meet national Social Studies standards. Three comic book-like graphic novels in the Justice Case Files series were designed for elementary, middle and high school students and address topics including internet piracy of music, identity theft, and jury service. Justice Case Files No.
Constitutional Law for Kids is a new book release from the ABA. This middle-grade textbook is a fun, interactive exploration of the rights and privileges guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States. Each chapter includes an analysis of a constitutional law topic, along with the facts of actual Supreme Court cases, vocabulary words, and questions that can be used for response essays or discussion. Chapter topics include
• fundamental rights such as voting and due process
• freedoms such as religion and expression
• a review of the three branches of government
National Law-Related Education Conference
Citizenship in the Global Era
October 3-5, 2013
TVW has won a 2013 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism, according to The Norman Lear Center at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.
TVW was the sole public or PBS television station selected to receive the Cronkite Award in the Local Public Station category. According to the Lear Center, TVW was chosen for “compelling, fair and very visual treatment of issues affecting the state.”
Margaret E. Fisher, court program analyst with the Washington State Administrative Office of the Courts and Distinguished Practitioner in Residence at the Seattle University School of Law, has been named the 2012-2013 recipient of the Sandra Day O'Connor Award for the Advancement of Civics Education by the National Center for State Courts (NCSC). The award honors an organization, court, or individual who has promoted, inspired, improved, or led an innovation or accomplishment in the field of civics education related to the justice system.
Citizens of Washington State are encouraged to nominate an outstanding volunteer for the 2013 Washington State Jefferson Awards. The Jefferson Awards is considered the “Nobel Prize” for public service. We are looking for people who make a difference: individuals who have made their community, the nation and the world a better place either through their jobs or volunteer service.
Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor called the heated criticism of the Court over the recent decisions involving the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act "unfortunate," telling a Senate committee today that it shows a need for more civics education.
O'Connor testified that comments labeling Chief Justice John Roberts a "traitor" or that he betrayed former president George W. Bush "demonstrate only too well the lack of understanding some of our citizens have about the role of the judicial branch."