Civic Culture Education
is at the heart of the CDC mission. The center works closely with the State Bar of Nevada, Clark County Bar Association, and Clark County School District in promoting national and regional programs that improve skills vital to exercising citizenship rights. The civic education programs offered in Nevada include the contest "We the People," the discussion exercise "Dialogue on Freedom," the interactive courtroom program "Open the Doors to Federal Courts," and the "Mock Trials" series that gives young men and women a chance to learn and practice legal skills. CDC activists are mindful that passive teaching of civic virtues is limited in its effectiveness. Wherever possible, they move beyond civic education programs based on straightforward lecturing and toward more interactive programs. Those interested in the current debate over the role of civic education can check the article "Good Students and Good Citizens" by James Bernard Murphy published in the Sept. 15, 2002, issue of The New York Times.

Call to Action: Ten-Point Plan to Cub Police Abuse was issued on June 3d in response to the rising toll of African Americans who fall victim to the excessive use of force by police.  Consistent with its mission and commitment to civic education, UNLV Center for Democratic Culture associates and community organizers raise their voice condemning police brutality.  Our statement outlines a ten-point plan to curb the excessive use of force by police in our community and around the nation.  Click the following link to review the CDC Proposal to Curb Police Abuse.

25th Annual International Conference of the World Federation of Jewish Child Survivors of the Holocaust and Descendants
is scheduled for November 1-4, 2013.  The conference venue is Green Valley Ranch Resort & Spa, Las Vegas, Nevada.  In connection with this conference, Generations of the Shoah International for Child Survivors and UNLV Center for Democratic Culture are organizing a special lecture by Dr. Natan Kellermann, a former executive director and chief psychologist of AMCHA, an Israeli-based international organization providing support to Holocaust survivors and their descendants.  Dr. Kellermann will discuss the cumulative effect of psychological, cultural, biological and family factors behind the transgenerational transmission of trauma.  The presentation takes place on Monday, November 4, 2013, 12 Noon – 1:30 p.m., at the Marjorie Barrick Museum Auditorium. Professor Simon Gottschalk will moderate the discussion.  For information about the conference visit and for Dr. Kellermann’s talk.  Please contact Dr. Dmitri Shalin, 702-896-5252, for further questions.  Michael Berenbaum’s keynote address on the Kristallnacht can be viewed on Vimeo, (Access code:  GSI2013).

We the People and Project Citizen are national programs initiated and coordinated by the Center for Civic Education in California. Designed for middle school students, "Project Citizen" teaches youngsters how to enact changes in public policy. Students work as a team on a community issue and learn to communicate with local and state officials regarding their community project. "We the People" program is tied to government or history classes, and it involves a concentrated study of the U.S. constitution and its history. The discussion focuses on the issues the framers faced while writing a constitution for an emerging nation, and on the impact that this document has on the problems confronting us today. "We the People" culminates in competitions where the teams drawn from the government and history classes compete with each other in the six subject areas specified by the Center for Civic Education. Winners of each state competition go to Washington D.C. where they compete against the teams from other states.

Dialogue on Freedom is a civic education program developed by Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, and it is intended to foster dialogue about American values and civic traditions in our nation's classrooms. Discussions are facilitated by a team of attorneys and judges who visit classrooms and engage students in the discussions about the meaning of American democracy. The 2003 Dialogue on Freedom in the state of Nevada is scheduled for the week of April 28th through May 2, and it will be conducted in conjunction with Law Day. In the upcoming years, programs will follow the same format and time frame. Connie Akridge's 2006 KNPR Interview addressed the role of civic education in Nevada.

Oen Doors to Federal Courts is an interactive courtroom exercise which brings high school students, teachers, bar associations, community leaders, and others into courthouses where the participants have a chance to interact with federal judges and court staff. The program has been in existence nationwide since 1999. The theme for the year 2003 is "Jury Service: A Rite of Passage." High school students from social studies and government classes will take the role of jurors, while the case will be prosecuted by local attorneys, who will be assisted by students from the William S. Boyd School of Law. The program is administered in Clark County by the Honorable Philip M. Pro, United States District Court Judge.

Mock Trials are primarily an after-school program for high schools. Teams of 6 to 8 students are coached by teachers and volunteer attorneys to conduct a trial in a competitive setting. Contestants are judged on their presentation of information, their ability to think on their feet, as well as on their communications with their own team members and with other teams. Each group prepares for months with their teacher and volunteer attorney coaches, honing their legal knowledge and courtroom skills. The mock trials in the 2002-2003 cycle feature about 18 schools from various parts of Nevada. The state finals take place in Clark County on March 28-29, 2003.

Law Day is an annual event held on May 1 in recognition of the law and law profession. Activities for schools and the community are developed around a theme selected by the American Bar Association. Several other programs are being developed for the Nevada schools and general community, including national initiatives ". . . And Justice for All," a regional program "Youth Citizen of the Month," legal seminars and workshops for the Nevada youth and adults.

For more information about these and other law-related and civic education programs contact Marcia Stribling, Law Related Education Coordinator for the State Bar of Nevada, tel. 702-382-2200, ext. 208.

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