Both state and local programs provide a variety of engaging civic opportunities to connect students with court and legal education. Please click on the headers to access information on how to participate.

Civic Learning Awards

The Civic Learning Award celebrates public schools’ efforts to engage students in civic learning. The award program also identifies models that can be replicated in other schools. Co-sponsored by Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye and California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. Please review the website for information, resources, and a webinar.

Judges in the Classroom 

Provides California teachers lesson plans as well as the opportunity to request a judge to visit their classroom.

San Diego County Bar Association Programs for Youth and Schools

The San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA) understands the importance of maintaining a connection with students and helping to foster an understanding and interest in the legal community.  Many of our members also enjoy working with San Diego’s youth and give their time through some of the SDCBA’s various youth related service programs.  Some of the programs the SDCBA facilitates that directly involve local schools include:

San Diego County Public Defender Youth Council

This program is part of the Public Defender’s commitment to safe communities, which includes creating an environment where youth are less likely to get in trouble while promoting authentic youth-adult partnerships.

San Diego Library Law Week

The San Diego Law Library is joining Legal Communities throughout the country in celebrating Law Week, April 29-May 5. In honor of Law Week we are hosting a series of events designed to increase access to justice.  First established in 1958 by President Eisenhower, Law Day is a day of national dedication to the principles of government under law.

Superior Court Education and Outreach Programs

History Day

National History Day makes history come alive for America’s youth by engaging them in the discovery of the historic, cultural and social experiences of the past. Through hands-on experiences and presentations, today’s youth are better able to inform the present and shape the future. NHD inspires children through exciting competitions and transforms teaching through project-based curriculum and instruction.