NEW YORK STATE WE THE PEOPLE COMPETITION
Friday, February 27, 2016 - Albany, NY
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. What makes the program so successful is the design of its instructional program, including its innovative culminating activity. The instructional program enhances students’ understanding of the institutions of American constitutional democracy. At the same time, students discover the contemporary relevance of the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
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. Go to www.nysba.org/nyswethepeople.com for more info.
NEW YORK STATEWIDE MOCK TRIAL TOURNAMENT FINALS
Sunday, May 15 - Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - Albany, NY
The New York State High School Mock Trial Finals are held in Albany, NY in May over a three day period. The finalists from each region travel to Albany to participate. Expenses for the teams and coaches/mentors are paid for through a grant from The New York Bar Foundation. On Day One, following hotel check-in and dinner, the teams are granted practice time to finalize their presentations. On Day Two, all teams compete twice to determine the top two teams that will move forward to compete in the final round. On Day Three, the final round is held to determine the New York State Mock Trial Champion. While in Albany, the students are given the opportunity to network with students from around the state who share similar interests and pursuits. All students participating in the New York State Mock Trial Finals receive special awards and a commemorative tee shirt. More importantly, the students leave Albany with the knowledge that they did their best in one of the oldest and largest Mock Trial programs in the nation. Go to www.nysba.org/nysmocktrial for more info.
NEW YORK STATE MOCK TRIAL SUMMER INSTITUTE
Sunday, July 17 - Friday, July 22, 2016 - Silver Bay, NY
The New York State Mock Trial Summer Institute (MTSI) is an intensive week-long educational camp for high school students who are involved with mock trial. Students are selected to attend MTSI through an application process. Teachers and attorneys must provide letters of recommendation for the student to be considered. MTSI typically takes place at Silver Bay YMCA on Lake George during July and runs from Sunday to Friday. Applications are accepted in the spring for consideration for that year’s MTSI. The number of students accepted varies, but MTSI can accommodate up to 48 students. The fee for New York State students is $250.00 and $1,000.00 for out of state students. The fee includes the room, all meals, classroom materials, and activities and is due upon acceptance. Some financial assistance is available to qualified attendees. Go to www.nysba.org/mtsi for more info.
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40th ANNUAL CIVICS AND LAW RELATED EDUCATION CONFERENCE
Friday, October 14, 2016 - Geneva, NY
The topic of this year's conference is "Teach for Justice: Impact of America's Diversity."
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