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Bar News - March 7, 2008

“We the People…” Teacher Accepted as Marshall Fellow

Dan Marcus, teacher at John Stark Regional High School and Marshall fellow
Daniel J. Marcus of Concord, a teacher at John Stark High School in Weare, has been accepted as a John Marshall fellow.  He will attend the “John Marshall Seminar: The Man and His Judicial Philosophy,” being held May 8 –11, 2008, in Richmond, Virginia.  The John Marshall Foundation primarily funds the seminar and serves as co-sponsor with the Center for Civic Education.

The historic John Marshall House in Richmond, the Supreme Court of Virginia, and the Virginia Historical Society will serve as backdrops for discussions of John Marshall, his life, and his judicial philosophy.  There will be a discussion on incorporating learning about John Marshall into the “We the People…The Citizen and the Constitutionprogram.

Dan Marcus is a former attorney who graduated from S.U.N.Y at Buffalo School of Law, cum laude. He was a civil court clerk and then practiced civil litigation in Connecticut for about five years.  Marcus gave up the practice of law eight years ago to return to school to become a teacher. He holds a master’s degree in effective teaching. Below he discusses the background which qualified him to attend the Marshall seminar:

“I have been involved with “We the People…” for about six years. I first taught it for two years in Indiana. When I moved to New Hampshire and started working at John Stark High School, I immediately recommended that we start the program there. I was able to have the class added as an elective in my second year at John Stark. This year marks our third straight year participating and the first time that we’ve had multiple classes participate in one year.”

“In my first year in Indiana I had two classes compete in the District One competition against several other schools. In our second year, we had one team and were very gratified to win multiple unit awards.”

“In New Hampshire we’ve had the honor of competing in both the district and state competition for each of our three years. Last year we won the state competition and competed in the national competition. This year both of our teams competed well, with one of them performing at a very high level at the state competition.”

“I have previously attended two “We the People” seminars in Rhode Island and a very special program on civil rights in Birmingham. I was also a scholarship teacher to the national finals two years ago.”

Marcus was nominated by the New Hampshire Bar Association Law Related Education Program to represent NH at the Seminar.  For more information on this and other LRE Programs please contact Robin E. Knippers, Law Related Education Coordinator at or (603) 224-6942 ext. 3259.  Please be sure to visit the Law Related Education Web site for volunteer opportunities and to learn more about the “We the People…” and other programs and materials offered by the LRE program.


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