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Bar News - September 19, 2008


“We the People…” Calls for Volunteers

"We the People…the Citizen and the Constitution" is the flagship program of the Center for Civic Education—and a highly regarded institution of the NHBA’s Law Related Education program. The Center has issued a new, updated textbook to kick off the school year and has also launched a new companion website to assist teachers, students and volunteers taking part in the program.

NHBA Law Related Education Coordinator Robin E. Knippers is appealing to all those interested in judging the "We the People…" competitions to sign up soon. Veteran judges are especially needed. The number of new textbooks is somewhat limited and since all questions put by judges must reflect the new text, it is important to get your request in soon.

"Volunteers may certainly draw on their past experience, but it is best to have a copy of the new, updated text," said Knippers.

The primary goal of "We the People…" is to promote civic competence and responsibility among the nation’s elementary and secondary students. The design of the instructional program includes as a culminating activity a simulated congressional hearing at which students "testify" before a panel of judges.

At the high school level, schools participate in regional and state competitions, held in December and January each year, and perform before a panel of notable government and political leaders. The top performing high school team has the opportunity to attend the National Competition in Washington, D.C. representing New Hampshire.

To sign up for the "We the People…" program, please contact Robin E. Knippers at 603-715-3259 or e-mail her at reknippers@nhbar.org.

District Competition:
Friday, December 12, 2008
(snow date: Monday, December 15)


State Competition:
Friday, January 9, 2009
(snow date: Monday, January 12)


Center for Civic Education website


Companion website for the new 2009 edition of the We the People Level 3 student text


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