The Court of Appeals of Indiana is partnering with the Indiana Bar Foundation next week to host “Behind the Curtain: The Judicial Branch,” a civics program designed for Indiana teachers.
The path to citizenship: Changes to exam may create more hurdles, advocates say
The process of becoming a naturalized United States citizen can be a lengthy one, with applications to submit, interviews to complete, fees to pay and the citizenship test. The test consists of three main parts that may soon see some changes.Read More
Web Exclusive: The Indiana Bar Foundation Civics Summit is in the rearview. What’s next?
The inaugural Indiana Bar Foundation Civics Summit featured speakers, panel discussions and historical documents. The day culminated with the announcement of the Indiana Civics Coalition that will help with the rollout of a new sixth-grade civics class.Read More
Courthouse curriculum: New learning center will tell the story of Southern Indiana District Court
To help explain the significance of what school children and adults see, a project is underway to create a space within the Southern Indiana District Court building that will teach about the third branch of government. The Federal Court Learning Center will showcase some of the artifacts from the Southern Indiana District as well as feature informational displays and interactive exhibits. Visitors will learn how the federal judiciary works, how it is different from the state courts and the roles citizens play in the judicial process.Read More
Public health crisis forces delay, changes in Indiana vote
The decision to postpone Indiana’s primary election was met with bipartisan approval and raised hopes the state will be encouraged to permanently expand access to absentee voting.Read More
Some of Indiana’s largest employers are coming together to address what they call the state’s neglect of civic education, its declining college-going rate and a low voter registration and turnout rate compared with other states.
Former Indiana Chief Justice Randall Shepard has found himself walking up to more stages recently, posing briefly for a photo with his most recent award before stepping to a microphone, pulling notes from his pocket and starting in on a speech.
Students from five Indiana schools will be participating in the national “We the People: The Citizen and on the Constitution” competitions that begin this week.
A panel of attorneys and judges discussed the legal community’s role in increasing civic engagement and education Thursday during the Indiana Bar Foundation Civics Summit.
A first-of-its-kind civics summit in Indianapolis in April will convene leaders from government, education, business and the law, with the goal of creating a coalition that can keep up the momentum for civics education in Indiana.
The U.S. Southern District Court for the Southern District of Indiana hosted the grand opening of its new learning center Wednesday.
As they did in 2021, the students from Fishers swept the 2022 We the People state championships, with Fishers High School and Fishers Junior High School taking home top honors in the civics competition.
Middle and high school students from across the Hoosier State are in Indianapolis Monday and Tuesday for the 2022 Indiana We the People state finals.
Every construction and remodeling project encounters a glitch. For the new educational and exhibit space being created in the Birch Bayh Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, the glitch turned out to be a load-bearing wall.
Improving civic education by informing Hoosier voters: The Indiana Citizen preparing to launch 2022 voter guide
As midterm elections approach, The Indiana Citizen, an initiative focused on voter participation, is shifting its efforts from getting more Hoosiers to the polls to providing information on candidates, issues and registering people to vote.
Recently retired Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer has become the honorary co-chairman of a nonpartisan group devoted to education about the Constitution, joining Justice Neil Gorsuch at a time of intense political polarization and rising skepticism about the court’s independence.
More than 120 attorneys and judicial officers gathered at the BASH venue in Carmel on June 24 to celebrate the Indiana Bar Foundation’s civic education milestones and civil legal assistance during its inaugural Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon.
If you voted in the May 3 Indiana primary elections, you participated in a taxpayer-funded process that underwrites the parties’ cost of nominating their candidates. And the two major parties have created a system in which only the most active partisans are urged to vote on primary day.
The Indiana Bar Foundation, long a champion of civics education, is preparing materials and programs to help teachers now that the Indiana State Board of Education has approved the academic standards for the new middle school civics course.
The Fishers High School team made history by finishing second among 47 teams from across the country who competed in the 2022 National We the People Finals in April. This is the highest any Indiana high school team has ever placed.
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb recently appointed members of the Hoosier legal community to the state’s Public Defender Commission and a newly created Indiana Civic Education Commission.
Two years after undertaking specific steps to improve Hoosiers’ civic engagement, the Indiana Bar Foundation and its partners are celebrating advancements in the education arena but are also continuing to find challenges in getting voters to the polls.
After offering recommendations to improve the state’s civic health in 2019, the Indiana Bar Foundation and its partners recently took an assessment and found Hoosiers are excelling at improving civic education but continuing to stumble at increasing voter turnout.
With a name that easily gets confused with other Hoosier legal organizations, the Indiana Bar Foundation realized it needed to make a change. But after stakeholders said they wanted to keep the moniker, the nonprofit opted to refresh its logo.