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News We the People Welcomes New Coordinator, Sends East High Team to Nationals

We the People Welcomes New Coordinator, Sends East High Team to Nationals

Hastings_Carrier_PamPam Hastings Carrier has been named the State Coordinator for the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution program. An attorney who retired from active practice in 2000 to raise her family, Ms. Hastings says she is happy to become re-involved in the legal profession through her position as State Coordinator for the We the People program and that she looks forward to extending the program in Nebraska.

Ms. Carrier has already overseen the 2011 State Competition, and her next activity will be to accompany the 20-member team from Lincoln East High School, the 2011 We The People: the Citizen and the Constitution State champions, who will represent Nebraska in the national competition in Washington, D.C., April 30th-May 2nd. This year's win marks the 6th consecutive state championship win for East High School.

Team members are: Dorothy Chen, Sean Douglas, Aaron Fast, Jonathan Feingold, Aidan Fleischer, Anna Hayden-Roy, Cameron Higley, Rachel Hohlen, Katie Horn, Sam Karas, Parviz Kholmatov, Darrin Lim, Eric Mattson, Abby Newhouse, Jacqueline O'Doherty, Elizabeth Potter, Eric Qiu, Advaith Rau, Kate Rilett, and Adam Slyter. East is coached by teacher Kevin Rippe.

Ms. Carrier is well qualified to serve in the We the People State Coordinator role. As a graduate of UNL College of Law, she has practiced law both in Denver, Colorado, and in Lincoln, Nebraska. In Lincoln, she was a partner in the firm of Cline, Williams, Wright, Johnson and Oldfather where her practice focused on corporate law, health law, and employment law.

Ms. Carrier and her husband Jim have one son, Daniel. She is actively involved in community organizations, including serving on the board of directors of the Lincoln Symphony, Lincoln Food Bank, Homestead Girl Scouts, City County Health Department, Pioneers Nature Center and other organizations. In addition, she is active in the First Presbyterian Lincoln Church where she has served on the deacons and the Session and has chaired several of the church's committees. She enjoys traveling, yoga, tai chi, her church's mission work, and walking the family dog Scooby.

Ms. Carrier explains that her father, the late and former Chief Justice William Hastings of the Nebraska Supreme Court, had a huge influence on her life. She says he taught her "how to love, how to work hard and achieve goals." She is grateful for her father's support as well as that of her mother who lives in Lincoln.

We the People is a nationally acclaimed civics program supported by the U.S. Congress and administered by the Nebraska State Bar Foundation. Participants in the competition demonstrate "a simulated" congressional hearing in which students "testify" before a panel of volunteer judges. Students demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of constitutional principles and have opportunities to evaluate, take, and defend positions on relevant historical and contemporary issues. For more information about the Nebraska We the People program, visit


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