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Bar News - April 19, 2013

NH Bar Foundation News: Civics in Action Moves to Kiwanis Clubs

Civics in Action, a civics education program for adults that has quizzed all 58 Rotary Clubs in New Hampshire, is now focusing on Kiwanis Clubs across the state.

The NH Bar Foundation and the NH Bar Association are collaborating on the continuation of Civics in Action, a program that started last year with presentations to Rotarians around the state. The program asks participants to consider the questions posed to those seeking US citizenship. Asking, "Can you pass the test?," the presentation provokes answers to the questions: Do most citizens know enough about US government to pass this test themselves? What does that say about our level of awareness as citizens in a democracy?

This year, Civics in Action II will bring the interactive presentations, by volunteer lawyers acting as program ambassadors, to the 18 Kiwanis clubs that span the state from far north in Colebrook, down to North Conway, over to Lebanon and Claremont, to the Lakes Region and the Seacoast, and down to Salem in the southernmost part of the state.

The program kicked off with the Kiwanis Club of Concord on March 4. Jennifer Parent, the immediate past president of the NHBA, and program co-chair Christopher Regan were welcomed by members and Deborah A. Landwehr, the lieutenant governor of the Kiwanis New England District.

Ambassadors for the Civics in Action II program will be visiting Kiwanis Clubs beginning the first part of May. Visits to Kiwanis clubs are slated to wrap up by Constitution Day this fall. For more information, contact NHBA Law Related Education Coordinator Robin E. Knippers or 603-715-3259.

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