Law & Citizenship Conference


  photos courtesy of Dave Liggett 

2018 LnC Redux

2018 Law & Citizenship Conference

Teaching Inquiry, Inspiring Action


Monday, September 17th, 2018
Westin Downtown Columbus


 Click Here to Register

Need to book a hotel room for the conference? A special group rate of $140.00 (before taxes/fees) can be booked by clicking here, or by calling 1-800-937-8461 and identify yourself as a member of the L&C 2018 block of rooms. The group rate expires August 24, 2018, so please book early! 

This page will be updated as new sessions and speakers are announced. 

 About this conference

The Law & Citizenship Conference is an annual statewide gathering of teachers, professors, lawyers, and other civic and law-related education professionals who come together to share curriculum, effective teaching strategies, best practices, and the latest hot topic issues important to teachers. Teachers leave the conference prepared to spark lively classroom discussions and strengthen students' analytical skills. A great way to start the school year with new content, lessons, and ideas!  


Questions can be referred to Ryan Suskey at or 614-485-3506.


Pricing & Registration

Registration for the 2018 Conference has been streamlined. The conference will be held on only one day (Monday, September 17th), with an Introduction to Mock Trial scheduled for Tuesday, September 18th.

To register for the  L&C conference click here

Membership: $30.00

Conference Option Members Non-Members Early-Bird (By 6/30/18)


Conference Registration $80.00 $120 $65


As an attendee of the conference, you are eligible for discounts on several add-on options (mock trial case-file, mock trial professional development) 

Add-on Prices

Digital Case File: $90.00 (regularly $160.00)

Hard Copy Case File: $115.00 (regularly $175.00

Intro to Mock Trial PD: $10.00 (regularly $25.00)




Sessions & Speakers

Thank you to all who participated in the 27th Annual Law & Citizenship Conference.

Looking for a handout or powerpoint from the conference? All handouts/slideshows shared with OCLRE have been added to a  Google Drive folder.   Please access to see these materials.

The  2017 L&C Program is available to review the entire conference.


2018 L&C Keynote Speaker, Dr. Trisha Hernandez, presenting Because I Said I Would.

 Dr. Trisha HernandezBecause I said I would is a social movement dedicated to the betterment of humanity through promises made and kept. Dr. Hernandez will speak about the importance of making and keeping promises, and how to get your students involved in making promises that improve our society as active and engaged citizens.

Dr. Hernandez was inspired to take action when she heard organization founder, Alex Sheen, speak at a conference. Following through on a promise she made to herself that day, Dr. Hernandez packed up her California dream job to join the Because I said I would team. As VP of Character Education, Dr. Hernandez helps to advance the mission through the creation of curriculum and programming.

Conference Sessions

Free Speech for Teachers?

Although many landmark cases have dealt with students rights under the First Amendment (e.g. Tinker, Morse, Kuhlmeier) most teachers know far less about their own First Amendment rights in the classroom and school. Inspired by the wave of student activism and organizing around the nation, this session will help teachers to understand how they fit into the picture of free speech and petition in the school setting.

Art and Activism

Creative expression in the social studies of ELA classroom is often limited in scope to the persuasive essay or creative writing. Think outside the writing box and learn about how you can integrate the study of and creation of visual art in your classroom.

Teaching with Inquiry

Inquiry-based teaching is the springboard to independent learners and active citizens. This session will overview the C3 Framework for Inquiry and how it can be used to organize content in the social studies. Attendees will leave with ready to use lesson plans and guidance for modification that will help them turn their classrooms into a place where students tackle tough questions.

 2019 Mock Trial Case Law Review

This session will overview the case law included in the 2019 Mock Trial Case Law. After the case teaser is released in July, this session description will be updated to specify the Constitutional provisions covered.

 2019 High School Mock Trial Case Presentation

Be among the first in the state to review the 2019 High School Mock Trial case. Members of the case committee, competition committee, and OCLRE staff will present the new case during the session, and review rule changes for the 2019 season.

**Please note, due to a significant reduction in the cost of the conference, the case file is available for a discounted add-on rate.**





What is included in the cost of registration?

Conference registration includes all sessions, meals, and events for the day(s) on which you have registered.  Registration also includes a thumb drive of lesson plans and resources related to the session, a complimentary copy of the High School Mock Trial Case File, and free registration for a 1 day Mock Trial Professional Development. Registration does not include lodging, dinner, or incidentals during your stay.

Do I have to attend both days of the conference?

No, attendees can register for one or both days of the conference.  The rates are structured to give a discount for two days of attendance, but registering for 1 day of your choosing still includes the free case file and thumb drive, as well as the free Mock Trial PD.

Can I earn CLE credit or contact hours for attending the conference?

The conference is not approved for CLE credit for attorneys at this time. All attendees will receive contact hour certificates for the number of hours they attended, which can be used by teachers for recertification or for district purposes.

Is graduate credit offered for the conference?

Interested attendees can receive 1 graduate credit from Ashland University for attending the conference and completing an assignment.  Those wishing to receive graduate credit must register for both days of the conference, and submit their assignment by the deadline. The cost of the graduate credit is $250.00 due at time of registration via check or credit card. Registration forms will be available at the conference at the registration table.


None at this time.

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