Civics Education Workshop Series

Civics Beyond the Classroom Workshop Series

Brought to you by the Institute for Community Engagement and Civic Leadershipo, in this noncredit, eight-week workshop series, members of the judicial branch will give you firsthand knowledge of our constitution, the court system, immigration, criminal and civil cases, and many more aspects of our government that every citizen should know.

These facilitated workshops are hosted live on zoom. More information on this program is forthcoming. 

Civics Beyond the Classroom Workshop Series Outline

Date Workshops


Presenter: Judge Cynthia M. Rufe


Gain an overview of the government's framework. This introduction will include discussion about the Separation of Powers, Judiciary Act and Rule of Law


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.


PresentersJudge Gene E. K. Pratter

Civil Law: Labor, Employment and Discrimination Law

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


Presenters: Judge Theodore McKee 

The Fourth Amendment


PresenterJudge L. Felipe 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.


No Class


Presenter: Judge Lawrence Stengel (ret.)

The First Amendment 


PresenterJudge Gerald McHugh

Equality: Are we there yet?

The 14th Amendment and Due Process


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

What Judges Do; How Judges Decide Cases.