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November/December Law Wise is Now Available!

Posted By Nicolas L. Shump, Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, November 14, 2017

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Greetings from the KBA!

This issue of Law Wise is about the Judicial branch of government. We hope you enjoy reading about:

  • Interviews with two Kansas judges that highlight their career aspirations as children, their paths to becoming judges and the unique perspectives of serving as judges in Kansas.
  • Numerous resources in Terrific Technology that highlight how to become a judge, how courts work and the judge’s role in court.
  • A lesson plan on the organization of the Federal Courts and one on understanding the differences between federal and state courts.

The next issue of Law Wise will be in February 2018.

 

You can find additional resources at http://www.ksbar.org/page/educator_resources.

Law Wise is provided by a grant from the Kansas Bar Foundation

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October Law Wise is Now Available!

Posted By Nicolas L. Shump, Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, October 3, 2017

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Greetings Educators,

The October issue of Law Wise features:

  • The Bill of Rights
  • Additional amendments regarding:
    • slavery
    • the presidency/terms of office/term limits/presidential succession
    • senatorial elections
    • voting age/women and the right to vote.
  • The Father of Judicial Review, John Marshall and his work with the Supreme Court
  • Lesson plans that address students’ freedom of speech & rights guaranteed by the First Amendment.

You can find additional resources at http://www.ksbar.org/page/educator_resources.

Law Wise is provided by a grant from the Kansas Bar Foundation

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Tags:  Bill of Rights  Judicial Review  presidency  right to vote  senatorial elections  slavery  symbolic speech  voting  voting age  voting women 

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September Law Wise is Now Available

Posted By Nicolas L. Shump, Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Updated: Friday, September 1, 2017

In this issue:

  • The Story of the Constitution
  • Civic Engagement: Not Just a Social Studies Thing
  • High School Mock Trial Liaisons
  • Terrific Technology
  • ESU Law-Related Clearinghouse
  • iCivics

We hope you enjoy this issue about the U.S. Constitution in recognition of:

  • Constitution Day (September 17th)
  • Celebrate Freedom Week (September 17-23, 2017).

You can find additional resources at http://www.ksbar.org/page/educator_resources.

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May 2017 Law Wise

Posted By Nicolas L. Shump, Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Greetings Educators and Students

Inside the final issue of Law Wise for the 2016-17 school year you will find:

  • All about the Kansas CASA program.
  • New Civic Advocacy Network
  • Making a Difference in Your Community.
  • Schedule your 2017-18 “You Be the Judge” presentations before summer break.

Enjoy your summer!

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September 2016 Law Wise

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, August 9, 2017

In This Issue

  • So You Are Thinking About Becoming a Lawyer
  • iCivics: Back to School? Up Your Game!
  • Legal Career Paths Varied
  • 25 Teachers from Across the State Attend We the People Summer Institute
  • September Buzz
  • 2016 Mock Trial Tournament Update
  • Terrific Technology for Teachers
  • iCivics: Can You Win the White House?

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Constitution Day

Posted By Administration, Saturday, August 9, 2014
Updated: Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Topeka judges really know how to celebrate Constitution Day! For the last few years, several judges from the Kansas Court of Appeals and Shawnee County District Court have visited schools in the Topeka area to facilitate a variety of entertaining and educational Constitution Day activities. Some classes had students role play as judges. Other classes presented short skits or had students debate whether certain factual scenarios violate the Bill of Rights. Last year, these judges worked with teachers Susan Sittenauer and Deb Stewart to coordinate presentations in every school in the Seaman School District – to over 2,000 students. Way to go!

If you would like an attorney or a judge to visit your classroom for Constitution Day, please call your local bar association and ask about their speakers’ bureau. Materials to assist lawyers and others in making Constitution Day presentations are available from Anne Woods, the Public Services Manager for the Kansas Bar Association. Just request a free copy of the Constitution Day speakers’ materials at awoods@ksbar.org.

In Kansas, we celebrate Constitution Day as part of “celebrate freedom week.” Last year, as you may recall, the Kansas legislature designated the week of September 17 as “celebrate freedom week” in K-8 public schools, and required each board of education to promote it annually. The legislature chose that date because our United States Constitution was signed on September 17, 1787. The goal of this week is to educate students about the values on which the USA was founded, and the sacrifices made for freedom during the founding of our country.

So what is to be taught? The law requires the following:

  • Teaching the original intent, meaning, and importance of the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution (including its Bill of Rights) in their historical contexts;
  • Not censoring the religious references in the writings of the founding fathers, when presented as part of this instruction; and
  • Showing the relationship of the ideas expressed in the Declaration of Independence to subsequent American history, including:
    • the rich diversity of our people as a nation of immigrants,
    • the American revolution,
    • the formulation of the United States Constitution, and the abolitionist movement, which led to the Emancipation Proclamation and the women’s suffrage movement.
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