Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye co-hosted "Civic Learning California Summit: Making Democracy Work" on Feb 28 in Sacramento to bring heightened attention to civics learning.
McClatchy High School Color Guard of Sacramento opened the summit.
Hon. Judith D. McConnell, event moderator and Chair of the Civic Learning California Summit Steering Committee, is the Administrative Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District
The Chief Justice's summit on Feb 28 received the support of the California Bar Foundation, the California Channel, the Campaign for Civic Mission of Schools, California Secretary of State, the Sacramento County Bar Association and the State Bar of California.
Secretary of State Debra Bowen, facility host of the event, asked the question, "What is civics?"
Jesus Santana, a student of Los Angeles' Alliance Judy Ivie Burton Technology Academy High School, describes for the audience the meaning of civics.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, (right) co-host of the First Annual Civic Learning Award, stands with co-host Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye to announce the winners. http://www.courts.ca.gov/21114.htm
Principal Keith Derrick (center) stands with San Marino High School students awarded the Civics Learning Award of Excellence.
Teacher Valerie Felix stands with her students of Alliance Judy Ivie Burton Technology Academy. The group traveled from Los Angeles to receive their Award of Excellence.
One of only three schools to receive the Award of Excellence, Golden Valley High School students from Bakersfield are congratulated with their teacher Terri Richmond.
Teacher Terri Richmond is congratulated by Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye for her students' Award of Excellence.
18 year old student Diana Ledezma speaks of how being involved in school has developed her into a young leader in her community.
Overall, 3 schools received Awards of Excellence, 5 schools received Awards of Distinction, and fourteen schools received Awards of Merit.
The Chief Justice spoke of her guest Professor Ken Lynch, "...my most influential teacher of all time, from kindergarten through law school...my community college teacher when I was 17 years old, who would not take no for an anwer when I tried to express my limitations."
Judith D. McConnell moderates a panel discussion on civics with Thomas A. Saenz, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF); Judge Stacy Boulware Eurie, Superior Court of Sacramento County; Yvonne Walker, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1000; and Allan Zaremberg, California Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Thomas A. Saenz is the President and General Counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and Judge Stacy Boulware Eurie presides over the Juvenile Court, Superior Court of Sacramento County.
Retired Community College professor Ken Lynch with his former student Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye at the break.
Hon. Darrell Steinberg, California Senate President pro Tem, prepares to introduce U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connnor.
Special guest retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor is a nationally recognized advocate for civics learning.
The conversation with Justice Sandra Day O'Connor was facilitated by her friend and retired Judge Deanell Reece Tacha.
Justice Sandra Day O'Connor talks about how the iCivics project got started and how the free games posted to the www.icivics.org website engage kids.
The native Arizonian talks about her road to Stanford University, her decision to study law, and her career as a young lawyer.
The Chief Justice takes a moment to thank JusticeCorps volunteers for attending the summit. JusticeCorps members assist California courts in meeting the needs of self-represented litigants in legal self-help centers.
Approximately 200 students, teachers, civics leaders, judicial officers, bar members and non-profit representatives attended the summit. Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye with Manuel Alvarez, President of the San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association.
Amador County Bar Association President Diane Anderson with the Chief Justice.
Hon. Joseph Dunn, Chief Executive Officer of the State Bar of California, welcomes Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and served on the committee that helped coordinate the event.
Members of the Civic Learning California Summit Steering Committee sit together with event supporters.
Senator Marty Block, representing the 39th Senate District (San Diego), provides remarks. Senator Block has close ties to education as President of the San Diego County Board of Education.
State Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan (D-15th) has been a member of the Assembly Education Committee since she was first elected in 2008. In 2012, she was named Chair.
California State Senator Mark Wyland has a long history promoting civics education and working with kids involved in service learning.
In his remarks, Senator Block spoke of Karen Karematsu's father and the commemoration of Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution, observed for the first time on January 30, 2011.
A reception following the summit, sponsored by the Sacramento Bar Association, drew hundreds.
Chief Justice Tani-Cantil-Sakauye is joined by members of the Civic Learning Summit Steering Committee (left to right): Hon. Joseph Dunn, CEO State Bar of CA; Committee Vice Chair Hon. Frank Damrell, Jr. (Ret.); and Hon. Deanell Reece Tacha, Dean of Pepperdine's law school.
"We are trying to bring change incrementally, to teach democracy to a new generation," said Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye of the committee's work.