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Bar News - April 18, 2008

Law Day 2008 Highlights Rule of Law
Attorneys David H. Bownes and A. Gerard O’Neil, Jr., both of Laconia, at the Pleasant Street School in Laconia on a recent Law Day.

Law Day (also called A Lawyer and Judge in Every School or ALIES) is an activity coordinated by the NHBA Law Related Education Program. It pairs legal professionals with students in classrooms throughout the state to discuss concepts of law, rights and responsibilities of citizenship, and additional legal issues consistent with student interest and the course curriculum.

This year the date for Law Day in NH is Friday, May 2. While the NH Supreme Court has issued an order allowing continuances under most circumstances to facilitate participation on May 2, participants are at liberty to schedule visits anytime that is workable for them and the classrooms they are visiting.

Some schools are on vacation the first week in May, so you will want to keep this in mind when scheduling your visit. Also, judges in NH have a three-day conference that includes Friday, May 2 and they will necessarily have to schedule their visits on other dates. Since the subjects for Law Day are always current, you may plan a visit anytime your calendar permits and that works for the class you are paired with.

For further information or help, you may contact Robin E. Knippers, NHBA law related education coordinator at or visit the LRE Web page at

Should you wish to use them, the following lesson plans are available:

· Rule of Law in Times of Crisis. This high-school level lesson plan can use both historical events and current events to encourage discussion of the importance of the rule of law in our society.

· Guide to New Hampshire Courts. This booklet, available as a PDF at the Bar’s Web site, was developed by the Judicial Branch and the NH Bar Association, to provide a quick guide to the structure and functions of our state courts.

· Rules, rules, rules – The Eraser game. This exercise, suited for elementary-level grades, provides an interactive, fun way for younger students to appreciate the need for rules and laws.



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