About Us

A non-profit 501(c)(3) organization since 1983, Classroom Law Project is Oregon’s leader in preparing youth to become active, engaged and informed participants in democratic society. 

Our Mission
Classroom Law Project is a non-profit organization of individuals, educators, lawyers, and civic leaders building strong communities by teaching students to become active citizens.

Democracy is not a given. All young people need to acquire and learn the skills, knowledge and attitudes that will prepare them for a life of informed democratic citizenship and participation. This is one of the reasons that public education was created in the first place. New priorities and challenges have put that mission at risk. Mandatory high-stakes testing in reading, math and science (all vital skills) have reshaped the distribution of educational resources — meaning instruction time and money. Testing in social studies (which includes civics and the workings of democracy) is not mandatory, and almost always takes a distant back seat.

We offer innovative programs that are relevant to the diverse needs of Oregon’s regions and communities. Over the past 25 years, we have built an energetic and cost-effective non-profit organization that unitizes the power of an experienced staff and a large group of committed volunteers to reach hundreds of teachers and schools and thousands of students each year.

Board of Directors

Classroom Law Project’s efforts are guided by a committed Board of Directors that meets six times per year. A respect for diversity, including diverse ideas and beliefs, is a cornerstone value of our organization. It is also one of the reasons we recruit and retain a large number of people to serve on our Board and participate in our programs.

Robert Aldisert
Perkins Coie LLP

Charissa Anderson
Umpqua Bank

Chief Justice Thomas Balmer
Oregon Supreme Court

Thom Brown
Cosgrave Vergeer Kester LLP

Jim Carter
Attorney

Nance Case
Terra Linda Elementary

Paul Conable
Tonkon Torp LLP

Marilyn Cover
Classroom Law Project

Ken Davis
Lane Powell PC

David Ernst
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Richard George
Portland General Electric

James Huffman
Lewis & Clark Law School

Judith M. Hutchison
Willamette University

Noah Jarrett
Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt PC

Grant Jones
Perkins & Company, PC

Prof. Steve Johansen
Lewis & Clark Law School

Richard Josephson
Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc.

Margaret Kirkpatrick
NW Natural

Peter Koehler
Nike Inc.

Shelley Larkins
Attorney

Daniel Larsen
Ater Wynne LLP

Todd Lyon
Barran Liebman LLP

Christopher Magaña
Columbia Bank

Hon. Jean Kerr Maurer
Multnomah County Circuit Court

Kim McGair
Farleigh Wada & Witt PC

Hon. Keith Meisenheimer
Multnomah County Circuit Court, retired

Paul Peterson
NW Regional ESD

David Reese
Portland State University

Bruce Rubin
Miller Nash LLP

Hon. Michael H. Simon
US District Court

Joan Snyder
Stoel Rives LLP

Brian Talcott
Dunn Carney

Jaye Taylor
Buckley Law, PC

Chip Terhune
Cambia Health Solutions

Tim Volpert
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Rep. Jennifer Williamson
Oregon State House of Representatives

Joel Wilson
Bullivant Houser Bailey PC

Circle Members & Grantors

Classroom Law Project thanks all of its donors, for every gift, no matter what size. We are aware that the need for donations — and the competition for yours — continues to increase, especially in these difficult economic times, and we are extremely grateful that you have found value in aiding our mission of civic education.

President
Lewis & Clark Law School
Oregon State Bar
K & L Gates

Jefferson
Cosgrave Vergeer Kester LLP
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Dunn Carney
Nike, Inc.
Perkins Coie LLP
Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt PC
Stoel Rives LLP
Tonkon Torp LLP

Madison
Ater Wynne LLP
Barran Liebman LLP
Bullivant Houser Bailey PC
Columbia Bank
Miller Nash LLP
NW Natural
Portland General Electric

Grantors
Beaverton Education Association
Carpenter Foundation
Collins Foundation
Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation
Ford Family Foundation
Gray Family Foundation
Jackson Foundation
Juan Young Trust
Meyer Memorial Trust
M.J. Murdock Trust
Multnomah Bar Foundation
Oregon Community Foundation
Oregon Law Foundation
Pacific Power Foundation
Rose E. Tucker Charitable Trust
Rotary Club of Portland
Sailing Foundation
Secretary of State of Oregon
Spirit Mountain Community Fund

Review the 2012/13 Annual Report

Take a peek at what CLP was up to in 2012-2013, as well as past years’ reports by clicking here.

Check out Materials about Classroom Law Project

Click here for a bird’s-eye view of where CLP was active in Oregon in 2012-2013.

Click here to download CLP’s “In A Nutshell”, an overview of our many programs.

Contact Us
Classroom Law Project
620 SW Main St. Suite 102
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 224-4424 phone
(503) 224-1721 fax
office@classroomlaw.org

Marilyn R. Cover, Executive Director
marilyncover@classroomlaw.org

Barbara Rost, Program Director
brost@classroomlaw.org

Jeannemarie Halleck, Director of Development & Communications
development@classroomlaw.org

Tyler Kaltenbach, Program Manager
tkaltenbach@classroomlaw.org

Kathleese Young, Office Manager
office@classroomlaw.org

For current employment opportunities, please click here. For volunteer opportunities, please click here.

Oregon Civics Survey

Data collected in Classroom Law Project’s Oregon Civics Survey (2006) mirrors disturbing trends found nationally. The bad news: young people’s knowledge and interest in politics and government is low, particularly at the local level. These surveys show that only 25% of high school students can name Oregon’s two U.S. Senators and 23% think Ted Kulongoski is one of them. This disengagement is heightened by the belief of many young people that individual votes do not matter or are “thrown away.”

Oregon’s legislative system of initiatives and referendums creates an environment in which every citizen exercises legislative function. The many times that citizens are asked to amend Oregon’s Constitution and statutes requires that they have an even greater awareness of civics than elsewhere in the country. It is especially crucial that Oregonians be well-informed, take the time to research the information required to make reasoned, thoughtful, and independent decisions, and put aside their personal interests to ask, “Is it best for Oregon?”

Our school systems need help in providing civics education, so CLP works with teachers and school administrators to create integrated curriculum that meets their needs. And this isn’t just about learning history or how the courts work — CLP’s innovative programs can be used to help young people to develop positive attitudes about authority, justice, and the rule of law; to prepare students to think about the common good; and to take action to express their commitment through voting, volunteerism and petitioning the government for change.

Classroom Law Project has accomplished much in our first 25 years, but much, much more remains to be done. Our programs reach some 400 teachers and 12,000 students in Oregon. That is a good thing. But there are 198 school districts and 20 education service districts in our state, educating more than 551,000 students. That means we are meeting just 2 percent of Oregon’s need for our programs and services. That is both a humbling and motivating number. As we begin our next 25 years, Classroom Law Project is committed to the teaching and understanding of civics and democracy in our schools — with your help, we will go forward teacher by teacher, student by student, and generous supporter by generous supporter.