Civics Education Resources

Welcome to the FBA’s Civics page, where judges and lawyers can find courtroom-ready and classroom-ready activities and resources geared to high school and middle school students. Preparation takes judges and lawyers 30 minutes or less. Activities are organized by time available with audiences -- from 15 minutes to three hours.

The National Education Project 

The National Education Project, Inc. (the “Project’), a non-profit, non-partisan corporation led by Founder and Director Norman Manasa, has set aside $3,000.00 for Federal Bar Association chapters willing to participate in the Project’s 2017 Bill of Rights program on December 15, 2017. Each year, the Project sponsors a nationwide birthday party to celebrate the Bill of Rights in 4th grade classrooms. Participating classes will receive a birthday cake (inscribed with the phrase "Happy Birthday, Bill of Rights, 226 Years Old, December 15, 2017"), forks, plates, napkins, and free copies of the Bill of Rights. The first 10 FBA chapters interested in participating in this initiative will receive $300.00 to cover the expenses associated with the purchase of the cakes and the paper goods. Copies of the Bill of Rights are free and available to download today.

If you are interested in participating in this initiative or would simply like more information about the Project, please send an email to Norman Manasa at or call the National Education Project at 202-543-3500. A full description of the Birthday Party Initiative can be found at

View photos from recent efforts and activities on the FBA Facebook page!

Resources produced by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. For more, go to

iCivics, the non-profit founded by Justice Sandra Day O'Connor (Ret.) that is dedicated to reinvigorating civic learning through free and engaging learning resources, recently upgraded its wildly popular classroom game, Do I Have a Right?, in which you run your own firm of lawyers who specialize in constitutional law. Decide if potential clients have a right, match them with the best lawyer, and win the case. The more clients you serve and the more cases you win, the faster your law firm grows!


2018 National Civics Education Calendar

FY18 Chapter Civics Liaison

VIDEO: Civics Education in the Ninth Circuit and Beyond

A Forum for Sharing New Ideas and Best Practices. Immediate past FBA President Hon. Newman begins speaking at 40:36.

VIDEO: BYU Civics, Law, and Leadership Camp

National Constitution Center

PowerPoint: Midyear Meeting - FBA EDNY Justice Institute

EDNY Justice Institute

PowerPoint: Civics, Law and Leadership Youth Camps

VIDEO: Moments In History: Remembering Thurgood Marshall

Few people know the legal mind of justices or judges as well as the law clerks who have worked with them. Justice Thurgood Marshall’s former law clerks offer unique insights into the character, values, and thought processes of the first African American to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States. In this 8.5-minute video, prominent lawyers reminisce about the examples of compassion and courage they saw in the life and work of this legal legend. The Office of Public Affairs at the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts produced Moments in History: Remembering Thurgood Marshall which is available now on YouTube. We invite you to link to the video and make it available on your website. Request: Please contact Rebecca Fanning if you post or link to the video. Feel free to reach her at or 202-502-2611.

VIDEO: Celebrate the first 225 years of the Bill of Rights

How to Be A Civics Liaison

Sample Letter from Judges to Schools

FBA Chapters Volunteer for Federal Courts’ Civics Initiatives in 2017

Form Invitation Letter

VIDEO: New Federal Bar Chief Embraces Courts’ Civics Education


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