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Bar News - April 13, 2012

Civics in Action Nears Completion

Civics in Action is closing in on its goal of presenting its civics awareness program to all 58 Rotary Clubs in NH in less than one year. Civics in Action is a joint venture of the NH Bar Foundation and NH Bar Association, with funding from the Foundationís Arthur and Esther Nighswander Justice Fund.

At presstime in early April, the ambassadors (attorney-volunteers trained as speakers) had presented the program, "Can you pass this test?" to more than 48 Rotary Clubs with 10 scheduled soon.

The interactive program, using the civics test administered to applicants for citizenship through naturalization, aims to encourage citizens to think about the importance of knowing the basics about our countryís founding documents, the structure of our government, and the fundamental rights and principles we live by as citizens.

Twenty-five attorneys have been trained to present the program in a quiz format which is engaging and spurs much discussion. Jennifer Parent, NHBA President, has led the trainings and helped design Civics in Action, based on a Florida program.

Ambassadors have reported that the programs are well-received. John Laboe, a Concord attorney who has presented programs in Jaffrey (with Cheshire County Attorney Peter Heed) and in Bow, said: "Both clubs loved the presentation and mobbed us afterward with questions."

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