35th Annual LYC Conference "The Constitution, the Courts, and Crime"

  • 19 Oct 2011
  • 21 Oct 2011
  • Port Jefferson, New York (Suffolk County)
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Conference flyer (Adobe PDF File)
Conference Agenda (Adobe PDF File)
Conference at a Glance (Adobe PDF File)
Presenters To Do List (Adobe PDF File)
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Workshop Descriptions (Adobe PDF File)
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35th Annual
Civics & Law-Related Education Conference
When: Oct. 19-21, 2011
Where: Danfords Conference Center
Port Jefferson, New York (Suffolk County)

"The Constitution, the Courts and Crime" 

A series of seminars and workshops addressing critical areas for educators.
Attendees historically include teachers, administrators, program directors, youth leaders, lawyers, academicians, historians and constitutional scholars.

This year's Law, Youth and Citizenship Conference will feature 22 ninety-minute workshops. We have a tiered registration available. You may register for the entire conference, or come for just one day (Click any of the green Register Now stars to register). See below for pricing structure. Special conference rates for sleeping rooms at Danfords - $130/night.

Free with your registration!


A copy of The Words We Live By, authored by Thursday evening's speaker Linda R. Monk, an award-winning author and journalist. The Constitution, line by line, from the Preamble, which she analyzes with inspiration from Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Charlton Heston, and James Madison, to each amendment, Monk offers insight, legal expertise, surprising facts and trivia, opposing interpretations and historical anecdotes. Valuable classroom resource.

Monkey’s Fist Knot keychain, handmade in red, white or blue just for our conference in Port Jefferson. Also called a sailor's knot, it was used to pass lines from ship to shore or from one ship to another. An ingenious knot tied from one continuous strand of rope, it was also used as a rescue lifeline for those who were tossed overboard.  The lifeline usage has made the Monkey’s Fist a symbol of solidarity.


Detailed Workshop descriptions and presenter bios - CLICK HERE for PDF      Image
Presentation Sessions:
Thursday, Oct. 20: 
  • Session I: 8:45 – 10:15 a.m.

 Conducting Mock Trials in Your Classroom
 iCivics - Interactive Civic Education
 The Curtisha Morning Case
 Understanding News Media

  • Session II: 10:30 – 12:00 p.m. 

The Trial That Never Was - mock trial demo
The Use of Political Cartoons and Satire in Teaching History
Teaching Civic Responsibility through Literature
Project Citizen - Teaching Public Policy

  • Session III: 1:45 – 3:15 p.m.

 Student-Centered Learning: Implications for a Democratic Society
 School-Based Youth Courts
 Conduct Your Own Youth Civics Conference
 Ethics and Law Enforcement

Friday, Oct. 21: 

  • Session IV: 8:45 – 10:15 a.m.

The Constitution, Law and News Literacy
Two Civics Programs are Better Than One
Community-Based Youth Courts
Haudenosaunee Influence on American Democracy
Develop and Assess Skills through Culminating Events

  • Session V: 10:30 – 12:00 p.m.

Judging Jefferson, Judging History
Mock Trial 101
Teaching the Constitution to ESL Students
Political Cartoons and Satire in the Classroom
Criminal Justice and the Fourth Amendment


Full conference: $125 includes Wednesday Reception, all meals, all workshops, conference materials.
One Day Pricing:
  Thursday Only (10/20) - $99 includes 3 meals/3 sessions
  Friday Only (10/21) - $49 includes 2 meals/2 sessions

Payment: You will be mailed a bill for the options you choose when you register. Payment may be made by check or credit card. Purchase Orders may be faxed to 518.486.1571.

Check-in: Wednesday (Oct. 19) begins at 4 p.m.  ~ Relaxed Reception 7-9 pm overlooking the harbor.
Thursday (Oct. 20) - breakfast, lunch and dinner and three 90-minute sessions (first session 8:45 am)
Friday (Oct. 21) - breakfast and lunch and two 90-minute sessions  (first session at 8:45 am)  

ImageSpecial Thursday
dinner presentation
     by Linda Monk,
constitutional scholar, journalist, and award-winning author. A graduate of Harvard Law School, she twice received the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award, its highest honor for law-related media. Attendees will receive a free copy of her book, "The Words We Live By: Your Annotated Guide to the Constitution."

Conference flyer - pdf
(Conference details to share with your administrator/supervisor) 

Schedule of events, meals and sessions
two formats:
Conference Agenda pdf - 8-1/2 x 11"
Conference Agenda - pdf - 8-1/2 x 14"


Workship Descriptions 
detailed workshop descriptions
and presenter bios

Conference at a Glance 
chart of sessions/meals

Hotel and Travel Info 
Hotel - $130 night
(mention you are with the conference)

For those coming from upstate NY, Connecticut and New England - park in Bridgeport, CT and travel on the ferry for a special conference ticket of only $13 roundtrip!


Easy to get to by car, plane or train!


JFK, LGA or MacArthur (ISP)
By Ferry:
  Bridgeport to Port Jefferson
By car, from:
  NYC = 60 miles
  White Plains = 70 miles
  Albany = 150 miles w/ferry; 200 mi. by land

By train:
  LIRR service from Penn Station



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Parking & Ferry Information

Danfords Spa
20% off for conference attendees!

Port Jefferson Weather

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