Civics Education

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Losing Faith: Why Public Trust in the Judiciary Matters

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Summer 2022 | Volume 106 Number 2

What can judges do about America’s declining trust in public institutions?

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David F. Levi

Declining Confidence in the Judiciary

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Summer 2022 | Volume 106 Number 2

The most recent Gallup polls show a striking loss of confidence by Americans in the Supreme Court and the federal judiciary more generally. Administered in June 2022, the poll showed Americans’ […]

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When can judges engage in political activity?

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Autumn 2015 | Volume 99 Number 2

When can judges serve on commissions or engage in political activity? Many provisions in the code of judicial conduct refer to “the law, the legal system, or the administration of […]

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Remembering Judge Robert A. Katzmann

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Spring 2022 | Volume 106 Number 1

A scholar, a citizen, a colleague by DEBRA A. LIVINGSTON, Chief Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit The following remarks were delivered at Judge Katzmann’s memorial service in […]

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Civics Education Resources

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Spring 2022 | Volume 106 Number 1

Here are just a few of the many civics education resources mentioned in this edition of Judicature.

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Civics Tools for Teachers

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Spring 2022 | Volume 106 Number 1

“It may be an easy thing to make a Republic; but it is a very laborious thing to make Republicans; and woe to the republic that rests upon no better […]

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Critical Life Skills Through Courtroom Experiences

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Spring 2022 | Volume 106 Number 1

Often, problems come as problems. We know them when we see them; when we feel that unmistakable pit in our stomachs. But sometimes, the problems that arrive on our doorstep […]

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One of the Most Rewarding Things I’ve Done as a Judge

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Spring 2022 | Volume 106 Number 1

While working as a United States magistrate judge, I had the great (and rather humbling) honor to serve as national president of the Federal Bar Association (FBA) from 2016 to […]

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A Model for Adult Civics Education

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Spring 2022 | Volume 106 Number 1

Americans are more likely to interact with their state and local governments than their federal counterparts — and that includes the courts. State courts hear more than 90 percent of […]

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Joining Forces on Adult Civics Education

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Spring 2022 | Volume 106 Number 1

If adults lack knowledge or interest in civics, how can they model what it means to be a good citizen? For decades, federal and state courts have engaged in educational […]

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