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Public Education Programs

Lawyers for Literacy

The El Paso County Bar Association provides attorneys to come to elementary school classrooms and read to children.  Attorneys will read books related to the law, civics, and the constitution.  To arrange for a free reader, call the Bar Association at (719) 473-9700.


Speakers Bureau

The El Paso County Bar Assocaition provides attorneys willing to speak on legal topics to churches, schools, organizations, and other community groups without charge.  To arrange for a free speaker, contact the Bar Association at (719) 473-9700.


Our Courts

Our Courts is a joint activity of the Colorado Judicial Institute and the Colorado Bar Association that provides nonpartisan information programs to adult audiences around the state to further public knowledge and understanding of the state and federal courts in Colorado.  Our Courts presentations address the role of fair and impartial courts in applying and preserving the rule of law.  All programs are free of charge. 

You can become an Our Courts presenter in El Paso County by visiting


Judicially Speaking

The judges of the Fourth Judicial District (El Paso and Teller Counties, Colorado) have created a program known as Judicially Speaking. Judicially Speaking is a nonpartisan, public education program designed to inform students about the role of the judiciary in the American legal system.
Judicially Speaking is not a traditional passive lecture by a visiting speaker. Instead, this is a highly interactive program in which the students are guided through the task of being a judge by a local judge—the students do most of the talking. The program was designed under the guidance of teachers and students from Doherty and Sand Creek High Schools.  Judicially Speaking is available to all high schools in the Fourth Judicial District (El Paso and Teller Counties).
Visits with other audiences may be arranged by special appointment.

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iCivics (formerly Our Courts) is a web-based education project designed to teach students civics and inspire them to be active participants in our democracy. iCivics is the vision of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who is concerned that students are not getting the information and tools they need for civic participation, and wants to provide civics teachers with access to materials that engage students.

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