Welcome to the Law, Youth and Citizenship webpage. The Law, Youth and Citizenship (LYC) Program was established in 1974 to promote civic and law-related education in New York’s public and private schools. The LYC Program has a long history of providing educational resources and programming to educators throughout New York. The LYC now focuses on supporting one of the largest high-school mock trial programs in the country, creating programming for educators through webinars and conferences, and monitoring state and federal legislation that could impact the New York educational system. Please use the tabs to the left to learn more about the LYC.
LAW, YOUTH AND CITIZENSHIP (LYC) DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARDS
These awards honor an attorney and an educator who have demonstrated excellence in law-related/civic education.
The Attorney Distinguished Service Award is presented to an outstanding attorney. Click here for information on how to nominate an attorney.
The Emil Zullo Distinguished Service Award is presented to an outstanding educator. Click here for information on how to nominate an educator.
Click here to see the Past Recipients of these awards.
September 17th is Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. The day commemorates the signing of the United States Constitution on this day in 1787, and also celebrates United States citizenship. On or about this day each year, educational institutions that receive federal funds are required to hold an educational program about the U.S. Constitution for students. LYC is happy to provide links to Constitution Day resources, as well as participate in school programs.
Constitution Day 2023
NYSBA President Lewis will be a keynote speaker at a naturalization ceremony in Poughkeepsie coinciding with this year’s Constitution Day celebration.
President Lewis’ participation was facilitated by LYC committee member Honorable Jonah Triebwasser. Below are two articles with more information. Thank you Judge!
The links below are resources for educators, as well as primers for anyone who wants to test or improve their Constitutional knowledge!
What is Law Day?
Law Day is held on May 1st every year to celebrate the role of law in our society and to cultivate a deeper understanding of the legal profession. Learn more about the history of Law Day and past themes here.
Be sure to register to attend the ABA’s virtual Law Day Program, April 27 at 3:00 pm: Civility and Collaboration: U.S. and International Perspectives. NYSBA’s Past-President Sharon Stern Gerstman is delivering the opening remarks.