Updated Feb. 15, 2018

Dr. Isidore Starr, scholar, lawyer, and teacher — regarded as the “father of law-related education in schools" — died peacefully in his sleep on February 10, 2018 in Seattle, at 106 years of age.  Dr. Starr was a mentor to many (including those of us in CELS) and will be deeply missed.  Until the day of his passing, he remained intellectually sharp, with a great sense of humour, always interested in others, politically astute, with great moral integrity. He loved life and lived it to the fullest.  We encourage viewers to watch the DVD we produced, accessible through this link.

Isidore Starr Film Project


Dr. Isidore Starr, known as the "Father of Law-Related Education", turned 103 years old in 2014.  The Centre for Education, Law and Society felt it was an important opportunity to document his legacy in an educational film. We are privileged to have interviewed him in Seattle in December 2014.

During his lengthy and exemplary career as a public school teacher and professor of education, Dr. Starr mentored and encouraged thousands of educators in the United States, Canada and elsewhere to incorporate law-related, civic and citizenship education into schools at the elementary and secondary levels. The American Bar Association, Public Education Division honored him by creating The Isidore Starr Award for Excellence in Law-Related Education, in his name.  Dr. Starr holds a B.A. from City College of New York, a LL.B. from St John's University, an M.A. from Columbia University, a J.S.D. from Brooklyn Law School, and a Ph.D. from New School of Social Research. 

This documentary project would not have been possible without CELS's funders, nor the numerous private and agency supporters (full listing appears in the documentary credits).

CELS would like to extend special appreciation to Margaret Fisher, J.D., and TV Washingon for their support and expertise on this project.