Citizenship Education Program Rolls out Summer Institute and Law School Forum for Missouri Teachers

This summer, The Missouri Bar Citizenship Education Program is launching two events to help teachers better understand the law and explore creative and dynamic ways to teach constitutional law issues to students.

The Summer Institute and the Law Forum for Educators, created by The Missouri Bar Citizenship Education Program, are designed specifically for teachers who teach secondary American history, American government and civics classes in Missouri’s public, private and parochial schools.

Summer Institute


At the 15th Annual Summer Institute, participating teachers will learn from and mingle with some of the top constitutional scholars in the nation. This year’s speakers include Nisan Chavkin, executive director of the Constitutional Rights Foundation of Chicago, and Frank Bowman, professor at the University of Missouri School of Law.

Focusing on the Fourth Amendment, speakers and participants will delve into questions such as:

  • Do students have Fourth Amendment protections at school?
  • Has technology redefined “an expectation of privacy”?

The event will be held from June 29 to July 1 at Columbia College in Columbia.

Law Forum for Educators


The Law Forum for Educators is created and sponsored by The Missouri Bar Citizenship Education Program and the University of Missouri School of Law. The program offers teachers an opportunity to interact with law professors and learn more about the law and its application.

The focus of this year’s event is how to teach issues surrounding the events in Ferguson, Missouri. Attendees and law professors will discuss a variety of issues including grand juries, freedom of speech and use of force by law enforcement.

In the second half of the event, participants will also learn how they can enhance their knowledge and understanding of the law and the Constitution in order to teach more effectively.

The event will begin with a luncheon at Hulston Hall on the University of Missouri-Columbia campus at noon on Monday, June 22 and will conclude by 3 p.m. on Tuesday, June 23.


If you teach law, civics or government, if you are interested in learning more about the law and if you would like to network with other teachers, come join us for the Summer Institute or the Law Forum for Educators this Summer in Columbia.

All expenses, including meals, travel and lodging are paid by The Missouri Bar. Registration is limited to 35 attendees for the Summer Institute and 35 attendees for the Law Forum for Educators.

Everyone must apply online. Click here to register for the 2015 Summer Institute and click here to register for the 2015 Law Forum for Educators.

For more information about the events, visit our events for teachers on our website at Summer Institute and Law Forum for Educators. If you have additional questions, contact Becky Libbert, or Millie Aulbur, director of The Missouri Bar Citizenship Education Program at (573) 638-2250.

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