Bar News - May 23, 2008
Law Day Brings Together Bar Members and Young People
Bar members from all across the state eagerly answered the Law Day call to bring a taste of the legal system into the stateís classrooms and into studentsí hearts and minds.
NHLA attorney Sarah Mattson helps students with a Law Day exercise at Penacook Elementary School.
More than 8,400 students in 90 schools throughout the state participated this year in the Lawyer and Judge in Every School program sponsored by the NH Bar Associationís Law Related Education program.
Discussions about the rule of law and individual rights, interactive exercises such as "No Vehicles in the Park," and mini-trials of fairy-tale characters were among the lesson plans that Bar members used to interact with students. (A selection of lesson plans for all grade levels is available on the Barís website; click on Law Related Education tab at the top of the home page.)
According to LRE Coordinator Robin Knippers, at least 117 attorneys and four judges visited 90 schools and 8,393 students in connection with the Barís observance of Law Day; due to variations in the scheduling of spring vacation, however, a number of the visits occurred in late April and throughout May, not just on May 1, 2008, the 50th Anniversary of President Dwight D. Eisenhowerís declaration of the holiday in 1958.
"Attorneys have pulled out all the stops to make this yearís 50th Anniversary of Law Day one the students would remember at all grade levels," said Knippers.
Schools are still hosting Bar members around the state and Bar News will bring you the complete statistics and a list of those that participated in the June 06, 2008 issue.
Arranged a Visit on Your Own?
Did you sign-up to participate in Law Day directly through your school of choice? Let us know so we can add you to the list in our Law Day Honor Roll in the next issue of Bar News.
Send an e-mail with information about your visit to Law Related Education Coordinator Robin E. Knippers or call her at 603-715-3259.