A Democracy’s Primer: Public Education Series
A Democracy’s Primer is a collaboration between the journalism and legal communities to aid the public’s understanding of how government works with citizen engagement. Volunteers for the Indiana Bar Foundation wrote the articles for distribution by the Hoosier State Press Association Foundation.
The following authors wrote these articles distributed throughout the series. We are grateful for their assistance with this project.
"The Power of the Ballot Box" written by Chris Cavanaugh, We the People teacher at Plainfield High School and Indiana Bar Foundation board member
"Why the Founding Fathers Created the Electoral College" written by Hon. Randall T. Shepard, former Chief Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court and current Indiana Court of Appeals judge
"How Did We End Up with a Two-Party System?" written by Scott Barnhart, Indianapolis attorney and Indiana Bar Foundation board member
"The Executive Branch: Much More than the White House" written by Carl Hayes, Indianapolis attorney and Indiana Bar Foundation board member
"The Role of the Legislative Branch" written by Adam Packer, Indianapolis attorney and volunteer for the Indiana Bar Foundation
"The Role of the Judiciary" written by Bonnie Coleman, Merrillville attorney and volunteer for the Indiana Bar Foundation
"The Supremacy of Federal Law" written by Hon. Geoffrey Slaughter, Indiana Supreme Court Justice and immediate past president of the Indiana Bar Foundation
"Can the Watchdog Still Bite?" written by Hon. Mark Massa, former newspaper reporter, state and federal prosecutor, and current Justice on the Indiana Supreme Court
"When Freedoms Collide: Balancing Individual Rights & the Common Good" written by Alex Orlowski, Indianapolis attorney and Indiana Bar Foundation board member
"How the Northwest Ordinance Shaped Indiana" written by Susan Firestone, retired Fort Wayne attorney and a volunteer for the Indiana Bar Foundation
"How Do Civil Lawsuits Operate?" written by Kenneth J. Allen, Indiana attorney and president of the Indiana Bar Foundation's board of directors
"Our Criminal Justice System: Balancing the Goals of Public Safety and Justice" written by Jessie Cook, Terre Haute criminal defense attorney and a volunteer for the Indiana Bar Foundation