Volunteer Judges Needed: We the People Competition and High School Mock Trials

On December 15-16, 2016 middle and high school students representing several local schools will gather at the James L. Knight Center to test their understanding of the United States Constitution.

The date marks the first round of the national "We the People" competition. Since 1987, more than 26 million students have participated in this program originally funded by a special act of Congress. Several times over the past several years, a high school from Miami-Dade County won the final round, which takes place in the old Senate chambers in our nation's capital.

This program has proved an enduring success only because lawyers like you continue to volunteer and share their time and talent serving as judges. Please consider volunteering this year if your schedule permits. For a manageable time commitment of only a few hours, you can serve as a role model for high school students, receive general CLE credits from The Florida Bar*, and share some Constitutional values with a rising generation of Americans.

DATE(s):
Thursday, December 15, 2016**
Friday, December 16, 2016

TIME:
8:00 a.m. - 4:00PM

LOCATION:
James L. Knight Center

FORMAT:
A mock congressional hearing in which the students make a joint presentation and then answer questions. The judges and lawyers sit in panels of three. The students appear in panels of six. Topics include basic issues of constitutional law such as free speech, equal protection, federalism, etc. Materials provided on the morning of the competition contain suggested questions. No preparation is required of the judges.

CONTACT:
If you can make it, please  register here
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*The Florida Bar approved 7 CLE general credits for the 2015 competition. The general credits for 2016 are pending approval.

The High School Mock Trials will be held on February 16-17, 2017 at the James L. Knight Center. Please register to volunteer as a judge here

Your support of law-related education in Miami Dade County is invaluable. Thank you for helping to give students the world through these experiences.

Please forward these email to your colleagues and encourage their participation.