On Saturday, January 23, 2010, thirty-six junior and senior high school students attended the 2nd annual “We the People” regional competition at Albany Law School. Director of the Diversity Office, Pershia Wilkins welcomed the students, their teachers and families after a continental breakfast (in the East Wing Classroom). This event was sponsored by the New York State Bar Association’s Law, Youth & Citizenship section, and New York Newspaper Publishers Association.
“We the People” is a classroom instructional program aimed at enhancing high school students’ understanding of the institutions of American constitutional democracy. The primary goal of this program is to promote civic competence and responsibility among the nation’s elementary and secondary students. Each year, high school “We the People” classes are invited to participate in the NYS Region 3 “We the People” state competition. The competition is a simulated congressional hearing in which students “testify” before a panel of 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.
Click Here to see BLOG post for the 2009 event held at Albany Law.
The two competing teams were: Capital Region BOCES: New Visions Law & Government, Albany and Clarkstown High School South, West Nyack. Albany Law Professor Joseph Connors joined second- and third-year law students, who acted as judges on Saturday. A special THANK YOU! to Professor Joseph Connors and all the law students who volunteered (as judges, time keepers or as a member of our welcome wagon team). Professor David Pratt and Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Susan Feathers joined us for lunch along with Debra Taylor from the NYSBA, and Mary Miller - the NY Newspapers Association’s Education Services Director & Coordinator of this Competition. Lunch was sponsored by the NYSBA: Law, Youth and Citizenship Section. During the award ceremony following lunch, the Capital Region BOCES: New Visions Law & Government class received the top award. They will move on to compete in the statewide competition.
See the 2010 ”We the People” brochure: 2010RegionalHearingBrochure.