June 3, 2008

STATE BAR ASSOCIATION SPONSORS PROGRAM TO EDUCATE STUDENTS ON CIVIC PARTICIPATION

Civic education program helps students understand public policy

ALBANY -The New York State Bar Association's Law, Youth & Citizenship program will sponsor the We the People: Project Citizen Showcase on June 4 at the Empire State Plaza , North Concourse, Albany, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The program is offered to students in grades 5-12 to help them understand the role of public policy in everyday life. Research studies have shown that students using Project Citizen believe that they can make a difference in their communities.

"Each year, the student teams astound us with their outstanding knowledge, tireless dedication and inspiring creativity," said Law, Youth & Citizenship Director Eileen Gerrish. "I am excited to see what our students will bring to the showcase this year."

Project Citizen focuses on the role of state and local governments in the U.S.federal system. To complete the program, students identify a problem, conduct research, and create a portfolio that demonstrates their exploration of the problem and possible public policy solutions. Past projects have addressed environmental issues and school traffic safety. Program judges, including NYSBA member attorneys and judges from the Capital Region, evaluate the portfolios. The top portfolio will go on to compete in the National Showcase in New Orleansin July.

The program is co-sponsored by the National Conference of State Legislatures and the Center for Civic Education. For further information, contact lyc@nysba.org.

The 74,000-member New York State Bar Association, founded in 1876, is the official statewide organization of lawyers in New Yorkand the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. NYSBA programs and activities have continuously served the public and improved the justice system for more than 130 years.

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