The Kansas Bar Association’s Law-Related Education Committee members strive to provide a variety of resources and experiences for educators and students.
Law-Related Education Clearinghouse
A good place to start is the Law-Related Education (LRE) Clearinghouse, a resource sponsored by the Kansas Bar Association and the Kansas Bar Foundation, in cooperation with Emporia State University. LRE materials available for use include mock trial booklets, posters, games, videos, and books.
Teachers and students can subscribe to or view online Law Wise. Law Wise a newsletter published during the school year that includes general information about law-related matters of interest to teachers, students, and the public. This is a free service provided by the KBA and the KBF.
Funding is provided by the Interest on Lawyers' Trust Accounts program.
Constitution Day Projects
The materials below have been used by Kansas judges, lawyers, and teachers to help educate students on the Constitution. Please feel free to use and modify them, and also think about how you might like to present the materials.
"You be the Judge" Videos
The "You be the Judge" video program is a service of the Kansas Bar
Association and the Law Related Education Committee. These videos are to assist you as you plan your presentation, and were originally given during Celebrate Freedom Week in 2013.
You be the Judge: a Law Wise Excerpt
Over the last 20 years, the Hon. G. Joseph (Joe) Pierron of the Kansas Court of Appeals has made about 400 presentations to approximately 50,000 students and adults throughout Kansas. The program is known as “You be the Judge” and usually lasts for about 50 minutes or less. The program is interactive and members of the audience help to present it.
The program gives the audience a basic understanding of how the U. S. Constitution and the United States Supreme Court work. Two somewhat amusing Supreme Court cases are used to demonstrate how our constitutional protections are applied. The participants enjoy their parts in the program.While schools are the usual locations for the programs a growing number of adult groups are requesting the FREE presentation. The program has won local, state and national awards for its educational and entertaining values. The program is very flexible and has been presented to K-12 classes, university students and adult learning groups.Anyone wishing to see if a FREE program might be presented at a school or to adults can contact Judge Pierron. (785) 296-5408.
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Founded in 2009 by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, this resource provides 16 educational games as well as vibrant teaching materials. All materials are free.
This has numerous resources for learning about how courts work, steps in a trial, what it is like to be a judge and court and legal procedure.
Other Law-Related Education Websites
- Teaching the US Constitution, a free web resource provided by The Leonore Annenberg Institute for Civics.
There are several units about the US Constitution and a free brochure to download that has additional resources for teaching the Constitution.
- Civics Resources: Oyez, Oyez, Oh Yay!
This new civics website educates students on landmark court cases through videos, case summaries, and other resources. The site also includes curriculum materials and strategies for teachers on the cases, which are part of new TEKS standards.