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Bar News - January 13, 2012

‘We the People’ Marks 25 Years in NH

The NH Bar Association is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its sponsorship of the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution educational program in the Granite State.

Two longtime volunteers, NH Supreme Court General Counsel Howard J. Zibel and attorney Martin P. Honigberg, were presented with awards recognizing their leadership and participation in the program.

Zibel was instrumental in bringing the program to New Hampshire and he has participated each year as a judge at the district and state level as well as nationally. Honigberg has also served as a judge for many years of competitions including nationally. Both men have assisted in recruiting other volunteers.

At the district competition held on Dec. 9, 66 students from three high schools participated in the demanding competition which showcases students’ knowledge of the history and principles of our country’s founding documents. More than 23 volunteers, including judges, attorneys and former State Senator Robert Letourneau, judged or timed the oral presentations by the students.

The We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution program’s impact reaches beyond the schools that come to Concord annually for the competitions at the Legislative Office Building. The program also extends to schools that use it in classrooms only, relying on classroom sets of curriculum books distributed to high schools by the NH Bar Association’s Law Related Education program.

Until the loss of federal funding for the program this past year, the books were provided by the Center for Civic Education, which also provided funding to stage the competitions. This year, expenses for the state competitions are supported by the NH Bar Association along with community partners such as the NH Historical Society, Constantly Pizza, Hannaford Food & Drug and Walmart.

The Law Related Education program also thanks the Saymore Trophy Company for its contributions of trophies, 25th Anniversary medallion awards, as well as other recognition awards for the district competition.

The NH Bar Foundation has regularly contributed to the fundraising efforts of the school that participates in the National Finals.

Participating in this year’s state finals -- held on Jan. 6, 2012 (after press time for this issue) were defending champion John Stark Regional High School, Milford High School and Nashua High School North. The winning school is entitled to represent the state at the National Finals to be held in Washington DC April 27th – May 1st, 2012.

Above, students from Milford High School participate in last month’s ‘We The People’ district competition.

Above, students from Nashua High School North participate in last month’s ‘We The People’ district competition.

Nashua High North High School We the People Team.

John Stark Regional High School We the People Team with teacher, Dan Marcus.

Milford High School We the People Team with teacher, Dave Alcox.

Attorneys Howard J. Zibel and Martin P. Honigberg receive 25th Anniversary recognition for their support of the WTP program.

If you are in doubt about the status of any meeting, please call the Bar Center at 603-224-6942 before you head out.

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