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    Welcome to
    The Missouri Bar
    Citizenship Education Site

    Welcome to The Missouri Bar Citizenship Education Program website. The Missouri Bar, through the support of its members and with exceptional support from The Missouri Bar Foundation, provides extensive support for classroom learning about the law, the legal system, and the courts. From lesson plans to teacher workshops, The Missouri Bar is committed to helping teachers throughout Missouri understand and explain the law. The Missouri Bar Citizenship Education program will come to public, private and parochial schools to do an in-service for teachers on a variety of law related education, civics and government topics. One of the most popular programs is an in-service on how to effectively prepare students for the end-of-course test in American Government. The workshops are offered at no costs.

    Great New Resources for Teaching about Missouri’s Court System

    The Missouri Bar is excited to announce that we have a  new video available for on the Nonpartisan Court Plan. We are very proud of it and it explains how the plan is a model for the nation in producing judges who are accountable to the law, the Constitution and the notion of fair and impartial justice for all. The 10 minute video produced by The Missouri Bar explains how the nonpartisan court plan works, explores the rich history that inspired Missourians to be the first in the nation to adopt the system, and looks at the system compared to other judicial selection models.

    “The Missouri Plan -  A Model for the Nation” video is available on the Nonpartisan Court Plan page of The Missouri Bar’s website:  

     It is also published on The Missouri Bar’s two video social media channels, YouTube and Vimeo. The links are below. The video may be viewed at these links and can be easily shared using these platforms.


    To share from YouTube, under the video you will see a tab titled “Share,” to the left of the tab titled “About.” Click the “Share” tab and select from three options. The first titled “Share this video” allows you to select which social media channels (such as Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn) you would like to share the video on and automatically opens a new window to allow you to do this. The second feature is a great feature as it allows you to “Embed” the video into your own website or blog. Choose the size you’d like and then copy the code and paste this into the code on your website and it will appear embedded as it is does on the Bar’s website. The final option of “Email” allows you to share the video via email, but you must be logged in to your own YouTube account to use this feature.


    Vimeo offers many of the same share features through the “Share” button on the top right portion of the video screen, but more importantly, allows you to download the video with just one click. This is great for those who would like to use it as a resource when presenting. You may choose a high resolution HD version or more manageable sized SD version for download.

     We also offer the video on DVD by request.

    For a lesson plan on the Nonpartisan Court Plan, please click here.

     Upcoming events:

    2014 Law Day Art Contest - Click here

      2014 Summer Institute
     Religious Liberties - Still Controversial in the 21st Century" June 23-25, 2014 Columbia College, Columbia MO

    The Missouri Bar’s Summer Institute for Educators has become our premiere citizenship education event.  The participants’ evaluations consistently rank this event as an outstanding educational event.  This year’s event on Religious Liberties promises to be as interesting and stimulating as the our previous institutes.

    A Law Forum for Educators

    June 26 - 27, 2014 - University of Missouri School of Law, Columbia, MO (more information)

    The Missouri Bar Citizenship Education Program and the University of Missouri School of Law are excited to offer for the first time a special law event designed specifically for teachers.  We surveyed teachers about what topics they would like to see offered at this forum and that would most help them to teach government, law and civics.  There is no cost and the program promises to be an exciting, scholarly event.


      Up-Coming Events Elsewhere  

    3rd Annual Summer Institute on the American Founding Period

    sponsored by
    The Center for the Study of the American Constitution at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, July 6-10, 2014T
    This five-day institute is available at no cost to participants and designed for secondary level teachers. The institute features an immersion in the issues, individuals, and primary source materials from the Founding Period of American History. Covering the Imperial Crisis beginning in the 1760s through the ratification of the Constitution in the late 1780s, participants will hear from scholars, be involved in discussion groups, and have sessions with pedagogical experts. Professors John P. Kaminski (UW-Madison) and Stuart Leibiger (LaSalle University) will be the featured scholars.

    Flyer     Agenda         Application

    Street Law, Inc. and the Supreme Court Historical Society  

    Street Law, Inc. and the Supreme Court Historical Society will sponsor two sessions of the annual Supreme Court Summer Institute for Teachers, June 19-24 and June 26-July 1, 2014. The Institute is open to secondary level social studies teachers and supervisors who will spend six stimulating days on Capitol Hill and inside the Supreme Court learning about the Court, its past and current cases, and how to teach about them from top Supreme Court litigators and educators.  We will also be in the Court to hear the Justices announce the final decisions of the term and attend a private reception at the Court.  For full information and to apply online, go to under the "Registration Info" tab. The application deadline is March 17, 2014.  

      Check out these materials and programs  

     ·       Teaching Internet Safety
    The Missouri Bar through its Leadership Academy Class of 2012 is proud to present a comprehensive, interactive program on Internet safety. The Internet is Forever tackles some of the major issues that young people (4th-6th graders) need to consider in the cyber age -- privacy, cyber-bullying, leaving a footprint, copyright infringement, etc. (Click here to learn more.)

     ·       Our in-service on preparing students of the end-of-course American Government test is a huge hit with teachers.  We are constantly adding materials.  Book an in-service for our school right now! 

     Mission Statement: The mission of The Missouri Bar Citizenship Education Program is to promote and encourage the education of all citizens for a lifetime of responsible citizenship through programs about the law, the Constitution and our system of government.

        Due to the generosity of The Missouri BarFoundation , we are able to offer our programs free-of-charge to public, private and parochial schools.  For more information about programs and materials, please e-mail Millie Aulbur, Director of Citizenship Education, at