Administrative Office of the Courts

Utah State Court’s Mission Statement:
“The mission of the Utah State Courts is to provide an open, fair, efficient, and independent system for the advancement of justice under the law.”

Contact Information:
Nancy Volmer, (801) 578-3994 or

The Utah State Courts has a number of programs and publications available to educate students and the public about the judiciary. Following are a few suggestions:

Judges and court executives are available to speak to students and community groups on a variety of court-related topics. In addition, a fun, hands-on way for students to learn how a courtroom operates is to hold a mock trial either in the classroom or in the courtroom. A judge presides over a fictional case while students play the roles of attorneys, defendants, and witnesses.

Utah has more than 40 courts located throughout the state. Court tours are an effective way for students to see first hand how the judiciary operates. With advance notice, students can often sit in on a court case and see attorneys arguing their case. When time allows, the judge will take some time during or after a court hearing to speak to the students and answer questions.

For more information, please go to or contact the court’s Public Information Office at (801) 578-3994 or

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America's Freedom Festival at Provo

A nonprofit volunteer organization promoting ideals of democracy and freedom through education and events.

For more information, please go to

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Center for Civic Engagement at Westminster College

The Center for Civic Engagement exists to improve student learning through service, service-learning, and other civic engagement activities. These activities may take place as part of courses or as part of the co-curriculum of the college. By investing in civic engagement, Westminster College expects that its students will develop better collaboration and leadership skills, deeper empathy, and a sense that they can contribute to the well-being of their homes, communities, and nation. The College, in turn, will become more deeply connected to its constituent communities and be more widely recognized for its commitment to active, hands-on education that serves the common good.

For more information, please go to

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First Amendment Center/Utah 3 Rs Project

Beginning in 1996, the Utah State Office of Education began cooperation in a new initiative to teach civic virtue and mutual understanding in the public schools of Utah through using the 3Rs Project, a national program.  This project has been funded by a major grant from the George S. and Dolores Dore` Eccles Foundation and other foundations in Utah.  The Freedom Forum, First Amendment Center in Washington D.C. has given resources such as books and pamphlets plus sends their experts to do workshops for teachers and administrators in Utah.

Our nation urgently needs a reaffirmation of our shared commitment, as American citizens, to the guiding principles of the Religious Liberty Clauses of the First Amendment to the Constitution – “no establishment and free exercise.”  The religious liberty clauses provide the civic framework within which we are able to debate our differences and better understand one another.

Using the First Amendment principles of rights, responsibilities, and respect, teachers will prepare students to protect the religious liberty rights of students of all faiths and none.  Teachers will be prepared to teach our children about religions and cultures in ways that are educationally sound and constitutionally permissible.

For more information about the Utah 3Rs Project, please contact:

Martha H. Ball
Utah 3Rs Project Director
520 Perry’s Hollow road
Salt Lake City, Utah 84103
(801) 521-6960
Tom Sutton
Utah State Board of Education
Social Studies Specialist
250 East 500 South
P.O. Box 144200
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-4200
(801) 538-7708

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Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah

The Hinckley Institute of Politics’ mission is to promote political and civic involvement and to engage university students in the political process. The Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah is a bipartisan institute dedicated to engaging students in governmental, civic and political processes; promoting a better understanding and appreciation of politics; and training ethical and visionary students for service in the American political system. Robert H. Hinckley founded the Hinckley Institute of Politics in 1965 with the vision to, "teach students respect for practical politics and the principle of citizen involvement in government." Since it's founding, the Hinckley Institute has provided a wide range of programs for students, public school teachers and the general public

The Hinckley Institute was established in 1965 through the generous bequest of the Noble Foundation and Robert H. Hinckley. Robert H. Hinckley served in the Roosevelt Administration as Director of the Civilian Pilot Training Program, Assistant Secretary of Commerce, and Director of Contract Settlement. He later went on to found the American Broadcasting Company in 1946. “Every student a politician” was the dream of Robert H. Hinckley. The Hinckley Institute of Politics is dedicated to the fulfillment of that dream through the following programs:

The intern program is the heart of the Hinckley Institute. The Institute provides internship opportunities for course credit in offices of elected officials, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and think tanks. The Hinckley Institute of Politics places more than 225 students every year in positions locally, internationally, at the Utah and Alaska State Legislatures, and in Washington, D.C.

Hinckley Forums enable students, faculty, and community members to discuss a broad range of political concepts with political experts several times each week. Past guests include President Bill Clinton, President Gerald Ford, Senator Orrin Hatch, Senator John McCain, Governor Michael Leavitt, and many other notable professionals. Hinckley Forums are broadcast weekly on KUER FM 90.1.

Capital Encounter is a one-week program, targeted to students that cannot serve a regular, 15-week internship in Washington. Students spend an hour with a Supreme Court justice, visit with experts in national security, and also visit national monuments such as the Smithsonian and Gettysburg National Battlefield.

The Hinckley Institute of Politics provides substantial financial aid to students through the Robert H. Hinckley, Abrelia Clarissa Hinckley, Anne and John Hinckley, Senator Pete Suazo, and Scott M. Matheson scholarship funds. Student loans are also available through the Bill Rishel Memorial Loan Fund. The Hinckley Institute is also the University of Utah representative for the Harry S. Truman Congressional Scholarship and the James Madison Fellowship, two of America’s most prestigious scholarships.

The Hinckley Institute of Politics offers an undergraduate minor in Campaign Management. Participating students are required to complete a political internship and an interdisciplinary series of courses on campaign management, polling, grassroots lobbying, media, and other practical politics. The minor is designed to prepare students for careers in applied politics.  For further information about this minor, please refer to the Campaign Management Minor page at

Jayne Nelson
Hinckley Institute of Politics
260 S. Central Campus Drive, Room 253
Salt Lake City, Utah 84112
Phone: 801.581.8501
Fax: 801.581.6277

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Inclusion Center for Community and Justice (formally NCCJ)

The Inclusion Center for Community and Justice is a human relations organization dedicated to eliminating prejudice, bigotry and discrimination.  The Inclusion Center develops inclusive solutions to promote respect for all people through conflict resolution, education, advocacy, and empowerment

A human relations organization dedicated to eliminating prejudice, bigotry and discrimination.  The Inclusions Center develops inclusive solutions to promote respect for all people through conflict resolution, education, advocacy, and empowerment.

Core Values

  • Respect and understanding for all people
  • Self awareness of attitudes, values, and feelings
  • Empowering individuals and groups to affect change
  • Education about the dynamics of prejudice and discrimination
  • Safe environments to explore, learn, and develop
  • Promoting and modeling inclusion
  • Fostering and advocating for just communities

That all people live in safe, respectful, and just communities.

Kilo Zamora, Executive Director -
Saundra, Events Director -
Armando, Youth Program Director -
Scott, Adult Program Director -
Mitch, Volunteer Coordinator -

Westminster College
1840 South 1300 East
SLC UT 84105

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League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

For more information, go here

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Learning for Life

It is the mission of Learning for Life to enable young people to become responsible individuals by teaching positive character traits, career development, leadership, and life skills so they can make ethical choices and achieve their full potential.

Learning for Life programs:


  • 61 grade appropriate character education lesson plans
  • Mentors to teach lesson plans in school
  • Outdoor education opportunities

7th & 8th Grade

  • 44 grade appropriate life skills/career lesson plans
  • Outdoor Education/High Adventure Opportunities
  • Speakers Bureau

High School

  • Character Education/College Prep./Life Skills curriculum
  • Outdoor Education/High Adventure Opportunities
  • Speakers Bureau

Special Needs

  • Life Skills and Transition Lesson Plans
  • Awards/Recognition Program
  • Outdoor Education Opportunities


  • Workforce Development
  • Partners with local businesses
  • Scholarship Opportunities
  • National Conferences

Contact Information:
Amber Withers
Learning for Life Executive
Utah National Parks Council

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National Center for Community of Caring

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National Energy Foundation

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Salt Lake Center for Engaging Community

The Salt Lake Center for Engaging Community is a non-profit organization dedicated to convening the diversity of the community for the public good. We represent the adult community and K-16 spectrum. The Center's missions is to do community building generally, and to support civic, character and service K-16, modeling in the adult community what we are teaching our children in this regard. We have been involved in the Coalition from the beginning of its inception, and are a founding partner.

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United States District Court for the District of Utah

Collaboration in the Court:
A Community Outreach Program in the U.S. District Court for Utah Historically, the courts and the judiciary have been the leaders of peaceful change and community growth. In our nation’s history, it has been the courts that have existed at the forefront of most social change - segregation, abortion, and capital punishment are excellent examples. It has been the members and officers of the courts who have been the proponents of building many of the primary means to solve

Those who are law-trained and those who work in the court system bring a unique blend of keen analytic ability, talent for confident speech and powerful storytelling, and reverence for the American ideals of truth and justice to their roles as community-builders. It is for this reason that the staff and the judiciary of the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah work together in a community outreach program.

An effective outcome from a community outreach program is that the public knows or has met people who work in the court system on a daily basis and has reached some understanding about the role that they as community members play in the success of that court system. Further, members of the community of all ages and backgrounds should have the opportunity to ask questions and learn about the workings of the federal court. One of the most efficient ways to correct a misunderstanding about the role of the courts is to educate the community about the court, its mission, and its service to the people and the government.

The U.S. District Court for the District of Utah offers many facets to its community outreach program. The basic elements of the program include:

  • Tours of the Frank E. Moss U.S. Courthouse.
  • Visits with staff from the Clerk’s Office of the District Court, the U.S.
  • Probation and Pretrial Services Office, the U.S. Marshals, and the judiciary.
  • Question-and-answer sessions with the judiciary from the bench.
  • Lessons for groups of all ages/backgrounds on the U.S. Courts, the District of Utah, the U.S. Constitution, jury duty, the interaction of three branches of government in the Courts, and ADR/mediation.
  • Mock trials and mock mediations for students.
  • Opportunities to observe and debrief hearings.
  • Lessons and programs tailored to the specific needs of the audience (for example, English-as-a-Second-Language adult students learned about the court interpreter roles and diversity issues in the courts).

Michelle M. Roybal, Esq.
ADR Administrator and Community Outreach Coordinator
U.S. District Court for the District of Utah
Phone (801) 524-6128
Fax (801) 526-1150

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Utah Law-Related Education Project

Mission Statement
To provide law-related and citizenship education for Utah’s youth and communities through interactive educational experiences and curricula which foster in them an understanding of the law, the legal system, and their rights and responsibilities as engaged citizens.

Activities and Programs
We the People . . . The Citizen and the Constitution:
  Complements the regular school curriculum by providing upper elementary, middle, and high school students with an innovative course of instruction on the history and principles of constitutional democracy in the United States.  The culminating activity is a mock congressional hearing in which the entire class, working in cooperative teams, prepares and presents statements before a panel of community representatives who act as congressional committee members.

We the People . . . Project Citizen:  Promotes competent and responsible participation in local and state government by helping high school, middle grade students, and youth groups learn how to monitor and influence public policy. 

Mock Trial Competition:  Teaches high school and middle school students their legal rights and responsibilities as citizens.  Team members play roles of witnesses, attorneys, clerks, and bailiffs in courtrooms throughout the state. 

Mentor Program/Dialogue on Democracy:  Attorneys donate time to visit with elementary, junior high, and senior high school students.

Salt Lake Peer Court:  Provides an alternative approach to juvenile justice in which youth referred for minor offenses are sentenced by a jury of their peers.  Student volunteers conduct weekly court hearings in five juvenile court courtrooms in the Scott M. Matheson Courthouse in Salt Lake City.  In a typical court hearing, a panel of seven student volunteers questions a youth offender and parent(s) to gain an understanding of the youth and the offense.  The panel members deliberate and assign a disposition which provides educational and/or community opportunities.  During the deliberation, a student volunteer elects to be the personal mentor for the youth offender. 

Teaching Law in the High Schools:  Law students are trained to teach a one-semester class in Salt Lake area high schools in which the high school students learn about the law, the legal system, and their rights and responsibilities as engaged citizens.

Conflict Resolution Programs:  Provides Utah schools with a comprehensive K-12 Conflict Management Program which includes K-12 Conflict Resolution Programs, Conflict Resolution Training for teachers and administrators, and Peer Court Training. 

Lending Library
Law-related education materials, including books, lesson plans, mock trials, and videos, are available from our lending library.  A list of these materials may be accessed on our web site at by going to the resources page and clicking on the appropriate links.

Contact Information
Kathy Dryer or Janet Hilliard
Phone:  801-322-1802

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Utah State Bar

Vision of the Utah State Bar
“To lead society in the creation of a justice system, that is understood, valued, respected and accessible to all.”

Mission of the Utah State Bar
“To represent lawyers in the State of Utah and to serve the public and the legal profession by promoting justice, professional excellence, civility, ethics, respect for andunderstanding of the Law.”

Utah State Bar
645 South 200 East
Salt Lake City, UT  84111-3834
(801) 531-9077
(801) 531-0660 Fax

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Utah's Legislators Back to School Program

Legislators Back to School is designed to help students understand the pressures and conflicts that legislators face, and to help legislators understand how students feel about issues that affect their lives. To meet these objectives, legislators and students engage in meaningful discussions, participate in mock sessions or simulated public hearings, and draft bills together. Students learn to better understand and value their responsibility for constitutional freedoms and prepare themselves to be educated voters and leaders as they become civically involved on the local, state, or national level.

Utah's Legislators Back to School Program
Hands-on Lesson Plans for High School Students
Hands-on Lesson Plans for K-12

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