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Constitution Day Program Available Statewide to Meet Annual Study Requirement

This Constitution Day, September 17, the Bar Foundation and Nebraska Supreme Court are joining with Nebraska Secretary of State John A. Gale to discuss voting rights extended through amendments to the United States Constitution. The program originating from Grand Island High School will be streamed live via the web for other Nebraska schools wishing to receive it. The link for accessing Secretary Gale's presentation will be posted on the Bar Foundation's website, http://www.nebarfnd.org.

The program time is from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., Central Time. Secretary Gale will take a few minutes to answer questions at the conclusion of his presentation. To ask a question, please submit it in advance, no later than Friday, September 14, to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

To assist you in discussing voting rights and other Constitutional studies, Constitution Day classroom resources are posted on the web at http://www.nebarfnd.org/constitution-day. The Foundation's theme for all of its Law-Related Education programs in 2012 is "Democracy and the Duty to Vote."

 

Implement Citizens, Not Spectators Curriculum, Earn $300 for Civic Education Materials

Pam Hastings Carrier, State Coordinator for We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution, has secured a grant from the Center for Civic Education to promote its Citizens, Not Spectators voter education program.

Through the grant, ten teachers must agree to use all three lessons at their grade level and complete certain reports in return for their school's obtaining $300 to be spent on civic education materials. There are to be at least three upper elementary level teachers; three middle school teachers; and three high school teachers participating in the grant-funded project.

The teacher-tested voter education curriculum is available at http://new.civiced.org/cns-teachers/lesson-plans. It may be accessed and used in the classroom, whether you are participating in the grant program or not. If you are interested in learning more about earning $300 for civic education materials through the Citizens, Not Spectators program, contact Pam: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

National Student Leadership Scholarship Goes to Essay Contest Winner

Grace Carhart and her teacher Melinda Makings are congratulated by Chief Justice Heavican at the Law Day Luncheon
Grace Carhart and her teacher Melinda Makings are congratulated by Chief Justice Heavican at the Law Day Luncheon

Grace Carhart, Bloomfield High School eleventh grade Law Day Essay Contest winner, received the McGrath North Mullin & Kratz Scholarship to attend this summer's National Student Leadership Conference. Grace chose the 10-day Journalism and Mass Communications session on the University of California, Berkley campus. She describes her experience as "life changing." See Grace's story below.

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My National Student Leadership Conference Life Changing Experience

By Grace Carhart

This summer was a special one for me. Many opportunities that I never even dreamed of ended up presenting themselves to me, probably the most unexpected being the chance of a lifetime: attending the National Student Leadership Conference for Journalism and Mass Communication in San Francisco, California.

On somewhat of a whim, I entered the 2012 Nebraska State Bar Foundation law day essay contest and ended up winning for the junior division. Upon attending the luncheon in Lincoln, the surprise didn't stop; my name was called for the scholarship to the NSLC. Earlier in the summer I had gotten information about this conference and had only dreamed of attending the Journalism and Mass Communication summit at University of California Berkeley. Finding out that I could go? It was life changing.

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Law Day Job Shadowing Showcased at National Conference of Chief Justices

Nebraska Supreme Court and Bar Foundation personnel share benefits of Job Shadowing with Civics Fair participants
Nebraska Supreme Court and Bar Foundation personnel share benefits of Job Shadowing with Civics Fair participants

Fifth grade teachers who have participated in Law Day Job Shadowing have helped create a program that has drawn national attention.

Nebraska's Law Day Job Shadowing for fifth graders was one of the programs featured at the National Conference of Chief Justices' annual meeting in St. Louis in July. Bar Foundation Executive Director Doris Huffman and Nebraska Supreme Court Public Information Officer Janet Bancroft showcased Job Shadowing at the Civic Education Fair offered in conjunction with the meeting. Their handouts included step-by-step instructions to assist other states' Supreme Courts in partnering with educational organizations to offer a job shadowing outreach program. They also shared the podcasts for students and teachers that are posted on the Bar Foundation's website: http://www.nebarfnd.org/law-day-job-shadowing/.

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