Law, Youth and Citizenship Program

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    Celebrating 40 years of service to New York educators & students
  • Events
    • Committee on Law Youth & Citizenship Annual Meeting 2015: Wednesday January 28

      Current Legal Issues Affecting our State and Nation’s Public Schools: From the Debate Over the Constitutionality of Teacher Tenure Statutes to Teacher First Amendment Rights.

      Wednesday, January 28, 2015 
      Registration: 8:30 a.m.     Program: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
      3.5 MCLE Credits in Professional Practice 

      Educators: A special rate of $50.00 is available*. To qualify for this special rate, you must complete and return the  Educator Registration Form  along with your payment.  *Note: Attorneys are not eligible for this special rate.  Non-Attorneys/Educators Cannot Register Online for this Program. 

      Attorneys:  Register Online Now! or download Annual Meeting Registration Form and return with your payment by faxing to 518.463.5993 


      The interactive session will cover matters of interest to lawyers whose practice involves school law as well as to educators.  Topics will include the constitutionality of teacher tenure and due process statutes, the free speech rights of teachers in the classroom as well as a host of other timely legal issues which school districts have faced this past year.   Click here for a copy of the LYC program flyer. 

      The 2015 Edition of “PUBLIC EDUCATION AND THE LAW” will be provided to each participant. 

      Hon. Jonah Triebwasser 
      Chair, Committee on Law, Youth & Citizenship 

      Jay Worona, Esq. 
      Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel 
      New York State School Boards Association 

      Richard Casagrande, Esq. 
      General Counsel 
      New York State United Teachers 

      Jonathan Zimmerman 
      Professor of Education and History 
      New York University 
      New York City 

  • Mock Trial


    For information about NYS Mock Trial or Mock Trial Summer Institute (MTSI), click on the titles below.

    NYS Mock Trial  
    In this educational program, co-sponsored by The New York Bar Foundation, high school students have the opportunity to gain first hand knowledge of civil/criminal law and courtroom procedures. Thousands of students participate each year from all around New York State.    

      The 2015 Mock Trial Tournament Finals will be held in Albany on May 18-19.

      Go to for the latest updates!

    Mock Trial 101 Program Training Video

    Download training videos designed to give Mock Trial teams a competitive edge - whether they are first-year teams or experienced participants.  Mock Trial 101 is part of the award-winning NYSBA Youth Empowering Youth Program honored by the American Bar Association as one of the winners of the ABA's 2007 Outstanding Law Day Activity Award.  

    Mock Trial Summer Institute

    The Mock Trial Summer Institute (MTSI) was established in 2005 to strengthen students' and teams' understanding of Mock Trial and its applications.  Forty-eight students are selected from New York State schools to attend this week-long, intensive camp-like experience.  Under the direction of counselors, who are Mock Trial teacher-coaches, and experienced attorneys, the students study all aspects of Mock Trial and apply their studies to the presentation of a Mock Trial case on the final day of MTSI.   The fee is $250 for students in New York State and $1,000 for students from out of state.

      The 2015 Mock Trial Summer Institute will be held in Silver Bay, NY from July 12-17.

    We are currently accepting student applications.  We are also seeking Educators who teach law related educational classes and have involvement with their schools' Mock Trial teams to be Counselors at our Mock Trial Summer Institute (MTSI).

      Go to Mock Trial Summer Institute Applications  to download your application now!

  • Classroom Resources

    Civics and Law-Related Education

    The Law, Youth  and Citizenship Program administers several nationally renowned civic education programs, as well as sponsoring many local and regional civic education events. LYC also works with New York teachers and school districts to offer no-cost professional development in the areas of civic and law-related education. The LYC program also offers many no and low-cost publications to teachers, as well as rich online resources for classrooms.

    Please use the links below:

    We the People


    State Court Watch

    Advocating Your Way into Adulthood (145 KB PDF)

    New York News in Education

    Justice Resource Center

    PATCH Program of Northport, NY

    Robert H. Jackson Center, Jamestown, NY

    American Bar Association

    General K-5 links

  • Awards & Contests


    Civics & Law Honor Roll - rolling deadline/secondary school students - click for guidelines (pdf)

    Distinguished Educator - deadline Oct. 31, 2014

    Distinguished Attorney - deadline Oct. 31, 2014   


    Jackson Essay Contest 2015  

    Scholarships & Grants

    Annual LYC Conference  

    Mini-Grant Applications  

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