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Civics Education and Leadership Course

Institute for Community Engagement and Civic Leadership - Civics Education Workshops for the 2021 Spring Semester

Civics Beyond The Classroom Workshop Series

In this noncredit, ten-week workshop series, you will gain firsthand knowledge from members of the judicial branch about our constitution, the court system, immigration, criminal and civil cases, and many more aspects of our government that every citizen should know.

These facilitated live workshops will run from January 25 to April 12, 2021 by local and federal judges.

Registration for this program is now closed. 

Civics Beyond the Classroom 2021 Schedule

Date Workshops

January 25 

Presenter: Judge Rufe


Gain an overview of the government's framework. This introduction will include discussion about the Constitution and Bill of Rights, branches of the government and separation of powers.

February 1

Presenter: Judge Cheryl Krause and Judge Susan Gantman.

The Courts:

What is the difference between state and federal courts? Explore their varying levels and roles, judicial independence, stare decisis or precedent, and rule of law.

February 8

PresentersJudge Gene E. K. Pratter and an Joe Tucker, Esq.

Civil Law:

Gain an understanding of how, why and when citizens file lawsuits against one another through a discrimination case study.

February 22

Presenters: Judge Theodore McKee and Judge Teresa Sarmina

Criminal Law:

When can the government bring a case up against a defendant? Learn about criminal law through a comprehensive look at key cases and principles as well as the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Amendments.

March 1      

PresenterJudge Restrepo

Immigration Law:

Immigration has consistently been a hot-button issue in this country. In this unit, learn about the history of immigration, examine case studies and discover the paths to citizenship.

March 15    

Presenters: Chief Judge Loret and Judge Wells

The Role of Magistrate Judges

March 22  

Presenters: J. Baylson 

Judicial Selection 

March 29

Civil DiscourseJudge Cynthia M. Rufe and Judge Lawrence Stengel (ret.)

How do we engage in conversation with others about the state of our country? Learn about the practice of respectful dialogue to enhance the understanding of an issue.

April 5    

PresenterJudge Gerald McHugh

Equality: Are we there yet?

April 12

Presenters: Judge Marjorie O. "Midge" Rendell and Judge McKee

What Judges Do; How Judges Decide Cases.