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Awards to Recognize USA High School Teachers and Judges for Law-Related Educational Programs

2023 Law-Related Education Teacher of the Year Awards, Lillian B. Jarvis Teacher of the Year Award, and Judicial Civic Education Award

GrantWatch ID# 180153
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
American Lawyers Alliance (ALA)
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Important Dates
Deadline: 03/15/23 Save

Grant Description
Awards of $3,000 to honor and recognize USA teachers in private and public high schools and judges for contributions to the field of law-related education. Awards will be presented to eligible teachers and judges who have developed educational programs that expanded student understanding of the legal system and the legal profession, as well as citizens' rights and responsibilities.
Lillian B. Jarvis Teacher of the Year Award: This award is to recognize a US High School teacher who is doing an outstanding job providing law-related education to students in Title I schools. These schools typically do not have additional resources to supplement the classroom education but these teachers are doing amazing jobs.
Judicial Civic Education Award: To recognize and honor judges for their work in promoting civic education within their community and state.
Law-Related Education Teacher of the Year: The purpose of these awards is to honor United States public and private high school teachers who have made significant contributions in the area of law-related education and who have developed programs that have:
  • Furthered the understanding of the role of the courts, law enforcement agencies and the legal profession
  • Helped students recognize their responsibilities as well as their rights
  • Encouraged effective law-related education programs in their schools and communities
  • Increased communication among students, educators and those involved professionally in the legal system


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Lillian B. Jarvis Teacher of the Year Award: Nominees must currently be teaching in public TITLE I High Schools in the United States.

Law-Related Education Teacher of the Year:
1. Applicants must currently be teaching in public or private high schools in the United States.
2. Teachers who applied but did not win in previous years are encouraged to reapply.
3. Due to the large number of qualified teachers, a teacher may win an ALA LRE TOY Award only once.

Judicial Civic Education Award: A judge who is involved in promoting civic education in his or her state.

Home-school teachers are ineligible.

American Lawyers Alliance Board Members may not submit entries or write letters of recommendation for applicants.

Pre-Application Information
The Application Form and required materials may be submitted online no later than March 15, 2022.

Nominations and applications may be submitted by the applicant, school administrators, other teachers, students, lawyers, judges, professional members of the community, or any other interested parties.

Estimated Size of Grant
Each of the three TOY winners will be presented a certificate and a $3,000 cash (check) award at the Annual Meeting of the American Lawyers Alliance. An additional $500 (for hotel and travel expenses) will be given to each recipient who attends the Awards Luncheon.

Contact Information
Judicial Civic Education Award
- Nomination Form:
- For More Information Contact: Mary Ellen Borgelt, Co-Chairman Judicial Civic Education Award at

Law-Related Education Teacher of the Year
- Application Form:
- Email documents to

Lillian B. Jarvis Teacher of the Year
- Application Form:
- Any additional documents may be emailed directly to

Teacher of the Year Chair
Barbara Smallwood
1216 E. 27th Place
Tulsa, OK 74114

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