Congratulations to the 25 Shenendehowa High School students who advanced to the NYS State Finals!
Albany Law School hosted the New York State Region 3 “We the People Competition” on Saturday, February 1, 2014. At a Region 3 competition several high school teams vie for the opportunity to represent their region at the annual state competition. On the morning of February 1st our Dean and President Penelope Andrews welcomed 47 high school juniors and seniors, their teachers and parents to Albany Law. This program was co-sponsored by the NYS Bar Association’s Law, Youth & Citizenship Section, LSAC’s Discover Law, and the NYS Publishers Association.
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The primary goal of “We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution” is to promote civic competence and responsibility among the nation’s elementary and secondary students. At the secondary level the culminating activity 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.
The schedule for the Saturday, February 1st , 2014 event was similar to events conducted in the past, with 9 judges (which included Albany Law School alumni and current law students) 3 time keepers and 4 alternates. Assigned judges arrived to our campus at 9:30am for judge’s orientation which is simply a short review of the process for the day’s hearings and scoring responsibilities. The event began with a high school student orientation conducted by the NYS Regional Coordinator and NYS Bar Association’s Director of the Law, Youth & Citizenship Section.
The Mock Congressional Hearings took place from 10:30am to 1:00pm, where high school students “testified” on each of their 6 units. The day wrapped up after a luncheon in their honor at 2:00pm with an Awards Ceremony – where local team Shenendehowa High School’s (with 25 students) advanced to the NYS State Finals, scheduled for March 1, 2014. The winner at the state level goes on to the national competition in Washington, DC in April.