Concord, NH – March 15, 2021
Attorneys Edward D. Philpot, Jr. and Anne Zinkin will represent New Hampshire as National Judges for the “We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution” National Finals, to be held virtually April 23 – 26, 2021. The event is comprised of hundreds of simulated congressional hearings, during which students “testify” before a panel of judges acting as members of Congress. The participating students have an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of Constitutional Law principles while evaluating, taking and defending positions on a number of relevant historical and contemporary issues.
Attorney Philpot, Proprietor of Edward D. Philpot, Jr., PLLC in Laconia, NH, Immediate Past President of the NHBA, has been a stalwart supporter of the NH “We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution” program for more than 20 years. He previously took part in the National Finals in 2011, 2015 and 2018. Attorney Zinkin of the NH Supreme Court has been involved with the “We the People” program for more than 10 years. NHBA Assistant to the Executive Department Allison Borowy will also be participating in the National Finals as a hearing’s facilitator.
“The New Hampshire Bar as a whole is renowned for its collegiality and for the importance it places on public service. I am proud that NHBA members have been invited to volunteer at the 2021 National Finals and that they have agreed to give of their time and talents. I am also happy that NHBA staff will be represented at this event through Ms. Borowy’s participation,” noted Robin E. Knippers, NHBA’s Law Related Education Coordinator and State Coordinator of the “We the People” program.
About the National Finals:
The “We the People: The Citizen and Constitution” National Finals is a national academic competition that gives students an opportunity to display the civic knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to effectively participate in our constitutional democratic republic through simulated congressional hearings. Approximately 1,000 students from forty-eight schools will participate in a total of 648 half-hour videoconferencing hearings during the four-day event. For more information, please visit www.civiced.org/national-finals-2021 .
About The New Hampshire Bar Association
The New Hampshire Bar Association (NHBA) of Concord, NH, www.nhbar.org, was founded in 1873 and is a non-profit 501(c)(6), court-mandated organization. As a unified bar, all attorneys licensed to practice in the state, and NH judges must belong to the NHBA and pay annual dues. We serve three constituencies: the legal community, the court system, and the public. Our mission is,
• To serve the members by connecting them with services, programs and resources necessary to function effectively as members of the profession;
• To serve the public by connecting members with the information and opportunities needed to carry out their public service obligations;
• To serve the justice system by speaking and acting as the unified voice of the profession to facilitate promotion and improvement of the procedures and institutions of the law;
• To serve the profession by upholding the unique and valuable role of lawyers as independent counselors and advocates helping to preserve a civilized society governed by rule of law.