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Graduate and Law School Civics: Educating Tomorrow’s Leaders and Professors

The Jack Miller Center for Teaching America’s Founding Principles and History advances the study and teaching of America’s history, its political institutions, and the central principles and ideas of the American and Western traditions. In higher education, the Center supports campus-based programs and postdoctoral fellowships, and it conducts conferences for college educators, including its flagship Summer Institute, an intensive program to support the careers of junior scholars of American political thought. Over the past 15 years it has developed a network of more than 900 educators at more than 300 colleges and universities. These faculty taught about one million college students by the end of 2019.

To help teachers meet new statewide high school civics requirements in Illinois, the Center supports teacher education in partnership with the University of Chicago’s Graham School, Lake Forest College, and the Newberry Library. It is expanding such efforts into New York City, Philadelphia, Virginia, and Wisconsin. The affiliated Jack Miller Freedom Initiative is developing strategies to facilitate collaboration among organizations interested in revitalizing K–12 civics education.

The Institute for Humane Studies provides educational, research, and career development programs for graduate students and faculty members within the classical liberal intellectual tradition, reflecting the political and economic freedoms of our constitutional order. IHS also offers fellowships and research grants to the most promising graduate students.

With more than 200 law school chapters and more than 100 Lawyers Chapters, The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies brings discussion and debate about core constitutional and legal issues to law students, faculty members, local attorneys, and business and policy leaders through events both on and off campus. Many student and faculty members enter top leadership roles later in their careers. Fifteen specialized Practice Groups focus on expertise in particular areas of law, such as free speech & election law. Seven specialized projects include the Article I Initiative, which facilitates dialogue around the constitutional role of Congress; the State Attorneys General Guide, which educates the public on the key role of attorneys general in interpreting and enforcing the law; and No. 86, named for Federalist 86, addressing how key constitutional and legal concepts are taught in law schools.

On the West Coast, the Stanford Constitutional Law Center brings America’s top law students into contact with top thinkers about the actual history and text of the U.S. Constitution. It has focused on the separation and scope of constitutional powers, the democratic constitutional structure, and the First Amendment. Postgraduate fellows spend 1 to 3 years deepening their understanding of the Constitution and usually land academic jobs at law schools. On the East Coast, the Georgetown Center for the Constitution focuses on originalism in interpreting the Constitution, especially through the Originalism Summer Seminar.

 

The Jack Miller Center for Teaching America’s Founding Principles and History

Bala Cynwyd, PA

Annual expenditures: $3.7 million

President: Michael Andrews

484.436.2060

jackmillercenter.org

 

The Institute for Humane Studies

Arlington, VA

Annual expenditures (all programs): $19 million

President and CEO: Emily Chamlee-Wright

703.993.4880

theihs.org

 

The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies

Washington, D.C.

Annual expenditures (all programs): $24 million

President: Eugene B. Meyer

202.822.8138

fedsoc.org

 

Stanford Constitutional Law Center

Michael McConnell

conlawcenter@law.stanford.edu

law.stanford.edu

 

Georgetown Center for the Constitution

Randy Barnett

rb325@law.georgetown.edu

law.georgetown.edu

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