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Bar News - November 9, 2007

“We the People” Competition Seeks Volunteers


The NH Bar Association’s Law Related Education program is seeking volunteer attorneys and judges to participate in upcoming “We the People...The Citizen & the Constitution” events.  The district competition will take place at the Legislative Office Building (LOB) in Concord on Dec. 14 (snow date Dec. 21) and the state competition will take place at the LOB on Jan. 11 (snow date Jan. 18). 


“We the People” is designed to enhance student understanding of constitutional democracy and its contemporary relevance and takes the form of simulated congressional hearings. The state finalists go on to compete in the national competition held in Washington, D.C. in the spring.


Judging involves listening to small groups of students respond on behalf of their classmates to one of three prepared questions.  After the initial question is discussed, students then speak further about the subject by answering follow-up questions prepared by the judges or suggested in program materials.


The time for the competition(s) will not be decided upon until the number of teams planning to compete is known.  Last year the judges were asked to be at the Legislative Office Building at 9:00 a.m. for a judges’ orientation and the competition began promptly at 10:00 a.m.  The district rounds in December are held in the morning and the state finals in January run all day.


If you are interested in being a judge for “We the People...The Citizen and the Constitution,” please contact Robin E. Knippers, Law Related Education Coordinator by calling 603/224-6942 ext. 3259 or e-mail her at


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