A series of New York State Bar Association radio announcements highlighting the importance of civics education and jury service hit airwaves across upstate New York this week.

State Bar President Vincent E. Doyle III of Buffalo (Connors & Vilardo LLP) narrates the spots that encourage the teaching and practice of good citizenship. Each topic is recorded in 30- and 60-second versions. The radio spots will air through October 9.

The first spot discusses why citizens need to understand how their government works. It calls on the public to tell school officials why civics education matters. The second spot explains that when individuals serve on a jury, they help to ensure justice for all.

"Civics education prepares our children to become active and engaged citizens. Inexplicably, it has been de-emphasized in some schools. As a result, the public may not comprehend the enormous responsibilities and meaning of serving on a jury," said President Doyle.

The scripts for the four radio announcements are as follows:
  
Civics Education: 60-seconds 

Hi, I'm Vince Doyle, president of the New York State Bar Association. There's a lot of talk about the Constitution these days. In order to debate the issues, you need to understand them. Our Constitution, our government and our way of life depend upon active, well-informed citizens working to preserve our democracy. And we have to teach our children how to participate in and protect our democratic society for generations to come. Our children need to understand how our government works, as well as their rights and responsibilities as citizens. Regrettably, some schools are de-emphasizing civics education or even cutting it. If you think this is a bad idea, speak up. Tell school officials why teaching civics is essential to the well-being of our nation. Tell them you want your children prepared to be good citizens.

Brought to you by the New York State Bar Association, in cooperation with the New York State Broadcasters Association. 

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Civics Education: 30-seconds 

Hi, I'm Vince Doyle, president of the New York State Bar Association. Our nation is governed by the people. To participate, citizens need to understand how our government works. Our children are not born with this knowledge. We need to teach it to them. Regrettably, some schools are putting civics education at the bottom of the priority list. If you think this is a bad idea, tell school officials why civics education is important to you and your children.

Brought to you by the New York State Bar Association, in cooperation with the New York State Broadcasters Association. 
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Jury Service: 60-seconds

Hi, I'm Vince Doyle, president of the New York State Bar Association. Few people look forward to putting their daily lives on hold to serve on a jury. But if you were brought into court or injured by someone else's acts, wouldn't you want the jury to include someone like you? Who else will make sure that our community stays safe? That the innocent are protected and that wrongdoers are held accountable? Our way of life as Americans depends upon the rule of law. And the rule of law depends on people just like you fulfilling their obligations to serve on juries. Plus, jury service can be an interesting and rewarding way to serve your community. So the next time you get a jury duty notice, remember that your participation can make an enormous difference in someone's life. Our great nation was founded on the promise of justice for all. We the people fulfill that promise by serving on juries.

Brought to you by the New York State Bar Association, in cooperation with the New York State Broadcasters Association. 
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Jury Service: 30-seconds

Hi, I'm Vince Doyle, president of the New York State Bar Association. Few people look forward to putting their lives on hold to serve on a jury. But if you were brought into court, wouldn't you want the jury to include someone like you? Our constitutional right to a jury comes with an obligation to perform jury duty for others. As jurors, we can help ensure the innocent are protected and wrongdoers are held accountable. So the next time you get a jury duty notice, remember that you can make a difference in someone's life.

Brought to you by the New York State Bar Association, in cooperation with the New York State Broadcasters Association. 
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The NCSA (Non-Commercial Sustaining Announcements) spots were produced and distributed in coordination with the New York State Broadcasters Association. They are part of an ongoing radio campaign designed to educate citizens about a wide variety of important legal issues that affect the lives of New Yorkers.

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Contact: Brandon Vogel
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