Law Day 2014 - "American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters"

This project is sponsored by the Law, Youth and Citizenship Program at the New York State Bar Association

You are welcome to download these features and materials to share the content in print or online.

Law Day 2014 logoOne of our most cherished national ideals, expressed eloquently by Abraham Lincoln, is “government of the people, by the people, for the people.” It is a principle enshrined in our Nation’s founding documents, from the Declaration of Independence’s assurance that governments derive their powers from the consent of the governed, to the opening three words of the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution, “We the People.”

The right to vote is the very foundation of government by the people. For this reason, striving to establish and protect every citizen’s right to vote has been a central theme of American legal and civic history. Much of the struggle on voting rights began decades ago, but the work is far from complete, and a citizen’s right to cast a ballot remains at risk today.

In keeping with this year's theme, the NYNPA NIE program in partnership with the Law, Youth and Citizenship program of the NYS Bar Association has developed a seven part educational series to prompt discussion about the importance of voting and the ongoing struggle to ensure voting rights for all citizens of the United States. Complete with a 15 page teaching guide with graphic organizers this series is aligned to the Common Core State Standards and includes lessons easily adaptable for differentiated instruction.

The features highlight seven diverse public figures from the 1800s through today and their quotes about the importance of voting.

The features highlight seven diverse public figures from the 1800s through today and their quotes about the importance of voting.

To download the complete series - all 7 features and the teaching guide with graphic organizer packet including a list of additional internet resources, use the links below:

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Law Day 2013 - "Realizing the Dream: Equality for All"

The promise of equality under the law is what has made America a beacon to other nations. It is a pledge clearly set forth in the Declaration of Independence and in the opening words of the Preamble of the Constitution, “We the People.” It is in the words of Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. And it was restated 150 years later in the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech which challenged us to live up to our national ideal of equality under the law.

There have been times throughout New York State’s history, when our struggles for equality lead those of the nation.

This educational series was created to give students and readers an opportunity to explore the movement for civil and human rights in America and to promote discussion of the continued fight against injustice and discrimination.

The materials highlight 5 specific topics related to the ideal of equality for all. The links to the right bring up downloadable PDF files or Audio Podcasts in MP3 format.

To download the complete series - a promotional ad, all 5 features, a teachers' guide/graphic organizer packet including a list of additional internet resources, use the links below:

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Law Day 2012 - "No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom"

This project is sponsored by the Law, Youth and Citizenship Program at the New York State Bar Association

You are welcome to download these features and materials to share them in print or online.

Open and accessible courts are the cornerstone of a free society. The framers of our Constitution recognized the importance of the courts when they made the judiciary one of the three coequal branches of our government. The courts are where we go to have our rights protected, our injuries redressed and our disputes resolved. Whether you are a consumer or a corporation, a victim or an accused, a lender or a debtor, a parent or a child, the work of the courts affects your everyday life.

This educational series was created to give students and readers a general understanding of the process of the courts and the role the justice system has in our lives.

The materials highlight 5 specific topics related to the courts and our justice system. The links to the right bring up downloadable PDF files or Audio Podcasts in MP3 format.

To download the complete series, a promotional ad, all 5 features, a teachers' guide and worksheet packet including a list of additional internet resources, use the links below:

A note of thanks goes out Richard Bader, Esq. from the New Visions Law & Government program and to David Scott, Esq. from Northport-East Northport UFSD for advice and guidance in the development of these educational materials.

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Law Day 2011 - The Legacy of John Adams: From Boston to Guantanamo

This project was funded by the Law, Youth and Citizenship Program at the New York State Bar Association with additional support by Albany Law School

The materials highlight 5 specific cases, 4 of them originating in New York. The links to the right bring up PDF files with the newspaper features and corresponding student worksheet(s) for the case listed.

To download the complete series, all 5 features and worksheet packet including a list of additional internet resources, use the links below:

A note of thanks goes out to David Scott, Esq. from Northport-East Northport UFSD, Richard Bader, Esq. from the New Visions Law & Government program, Sandra Cook, NC Press Foundation and a NC lawyer for advice and guidance in the development of these materials.

 

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Law Day 2010 - Law in the 21st Century: Emerging Challenges and Enduring Traditions

This project was funded by the Law, Youth and Citizenship Program at the New York State Bar Association with additional support by Albany Law School

The materials highlight 7 specific themes. The links to the right will bring you to PDF files with the newspaper features and corresponding student worksheet(s) for the theme listed.

To download the complete series, all 7 themes and worksheet packet use the links below:

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