There has never been a better – or a more crucial time – to revitalize civic learning in California. The health and future of our democracy calls upon schools to prepare students for a lifetime of knowledgeable, engaged, and active citizenship. Students, educators, and community members are invited to this very special partnership to see what schools are doing to institutionalize civic learning to prepare ALL students for civic life in the 21st century.

Under the leadership of 4th District Court of Appeal Justice Judith McConnell, and San Diego Superior Court Judge Carolyn Caietti, the Civic Learning Partnership of San Diego works together to promote and improve civic learning, engagement and awareness in San Diego.


Justice of the Court of Appeals involved in civic education and public information Hon. Judith D. McConnell, Chair

Administrative Presiding Justice, Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District

Co-Chair of Civic Learning Partnership

Judicial officers of the Superior Court involved in civic education and public information Hon. Carolyn M. Caietti

Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of San Diego

Co-Chair of Civic Learning Partnership

Hon. Marian Gaston     

Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of San Diego

Judicial Officer of the Federal Court Hon. Janis Sammartino

United States District Court for the Southern District of California

Civic Education Leaders Dr., Kimber Quinney

Assistant Professor of History, California State University San Marcos

Dr. Fran Chadwick

California State University San Marcos, Division of Community Engagement

San Diego Legal Community Mary Beth Wirkus

Supervising Attorney
Juvenile Delinquency Division, Office of the Primary Public Defender

Jerrilyn T. Malana

Chief Deputy District Attorney, Human Resources, San Diego County District Attorney’s Office

American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) – Legal Community Representative Stephen C. Grebing, Esq. 

Wingert Grebing Brubaker & Juskie LLP

San Diego Bar Association Ellen Miller

Executive Director, San Diego County Bar Association

Law School Representatives Dr. Stephen C. Ferruolo

Dean and Professor of Law
University of San Diego, School of Law

Steven R. Smith

Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law, California Western School of Law

Education Community Maria Montgomery

Mentor Principal,
Office of Leadership and Learning, San Diego Unified School District

Robyn Litt

National Board Certified Teacher
Technology, Pedagogy, and Content Knowledge, ToSA
Encinitas Union School District

Advisory Board Member: Literacy & the Law: Mock Trials for the Common Core

Matthew Hayes

San Diego County Office of Education

Stephanie Johnston-Austin 

San Diego County Office of Education

School Board Representative Dr. Michael McQuary

San Diego Unified School District Board Member/Past President: District C Chair/President of the San Diego International Sister Cities Association

Representatives of Local Nonprofit Community Kathryn Lembo

CEO/President, South Bay Community Services

Michael Brunker

Executive Director of Jackie Robinson Family YMCA

San Diego Community Civic Learning Advocates James Halliday

Executive Director, A Reason To Survive (ARTS)

Janet W. Mulder

Educational Consultant

National History Day San Diego Coordinator

We the People Competition, Constitution Coordinator

Project Citizen Coordinator

Civic Learning Partnership

Jon Nalbandian

Former VP of Legislation for the Ninth District PTA-San Diego

League of Women Voters Jennifer Avina

League of Women Voters San Diego: Co-chair, Secondary Education Committee

Eileen Coblens

Co-Chair Secondary Education Committee: League of Women Voters of San Diego