Former Justice Fred Lewis honored for his commitment to civics education
Justice Fred Lewis, shown here teaching civics to students through the Justice Teaching initiative he created while serving on the Florida Supreme Court, is being award the ABA’s Burnham “Hod” Greeley Award that recognizes those who “significantly and positively” impact public understanding of the judiciary’s role in a democratic society.
Retired Florida Supreme Court Justice Fred Lewis is being honored with the ABA’s 2022 Burnham “Hod” Greeley Award, that recognizes those who “significantly and positively” impact public understanding of the judiciary’s role in a democratic society and its importance to the rule of law.
Known as the “education justice,” Justice Lewis visited K-12 classrooms monthly throughout his tenure on the Florida Supreme Court. The visits included engaging in constitutional and court-related activities and simulations. Teaching students at all grade levels, Lewis explored the Bill of Rights with elementary students, conducted mock appellate hearings with high school students, and helped middle school students understand basic principles of the rule of law, judicial review, due process, and other standards-based concepts through landmark Supreme Court case studies.