Civics Education

The CBA's Civics Education programs help give students throughout Connecticut a better insight into the United States legal system. These Civics Education Programs can help supplement your curriculum and bring the world of civics to life for students.

Adult Civic Education covers a wide range of areas, from wiretapping to eminent domain, so that students can better understand the intricacies of civics and American government;

The Connecticut Court Visitation Program, where students witness real-life criminal court proceedings;

Bill of Rights in Action, in which students gain a more solid understanding of how the U.S. Constitution affects their lives;

Mock Trial Competitions, co-sponsored by Civics First Inc., where middle and high school students compete against other Connecticut schools in a battle of courtroom wits, right in the classroom;

For more information, or to request a speaker for your students, please contact

Constitution Day, A yearly celebration remembering the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787;

Civics Education Events

2014 Law Day Ceremony

The Connecticut Bar Association hosted its annual Law Day ceremony on May 5, 2014 at the Connecticut Appellate Court in Hartford.

This year’s theme, declared by the American Bar Association, was “Reflections on American Democracy: the Historic (and Continuing) Struggle for the Right to Vote.” The program was a mock press conference featuring four important figures from U.S. history in the struggle for the right to vote. Attorney Lewis Button played Gouverneur Morris, Attorney Daniel Krisch played Thomas Door, civics teacher Barbara Nidzgorski played Alice Paul, and Justice Richard Robinson played John Lewis. The actors were in full character, dressed in era appropriate clothing provided by the Old State House Museum. Twelve students from Litchfield Montessori Middle School in Litchfield, Assumption School in Manchester, and Westfield Academy in West Hartford were the “reporters” who questioned each of the figures.

The Honorable Alexandra DiPentima, Chief Appellate Court Judge, welcomed attendees to the Connecticut Bar Association’s 2014 Law Day Ceremony, followed by remarks from CBA President Kimberly A. Knox. Attorney Matthew Dallas Gordon moderated the event and, after the program, Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise W. Merrill presented citations to each of the students. This event was organized by members of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Civics Education Committee.

Check out photos from the ceremony.


Click here to watch the 2014 Law Day ceremony on YouTube

This recording was graciously donated by Brandon Smith Reporting & Video LLC