Foundation Facts
June 2010
Nebraska State Bar Foundation
635 S. 14th Street, Suite 120
Lincoln, Nebraska 68508
Dear Foundation Fellows:

Summer is here!  We hope that your golf games, baseball games, vacations and BBQ's are memorable.


Doris Huffman, Executive Director


Doris Huffman
Executive Director



Law Day Essay Contest Winners Announced
Students are Honored at Luncheon on May 4

McGrath North lawyer Kris Covi draws scholarship winner's name
Kris Covi draws the winner of NSCL Scholarship

   Drum roll please.  The winners of the 2010 Law Day Essay contest are
8th Grade                  Norfolk Junior High               
Arria Lakha                Dorothy Fuller - teacher
9th  Grade                 Lincoln North Star                  
Austin Horan              Lisa Hansen - teacher
10th Grade                Perkins County, Grant           
Ashley Kemling         Anita Burge - teacher
10th Grade                Blair                                         Hannah Opfer            Jamie Nuss - teacher
11th Grade                St. Patrick's, North Platte      
Nicole Stadler
            Sheila Boerner - teacher
12th Grade                 Westside, Omaha                  
Alex Zhu
                      Diana Schergin - teacher   
     The winners and their guests enjoyed the Law Day luncheon on May 4 at the Governor's Residence.  Governor Dave Heineman began the luncheon by giving his Law Day Proclamation. 

     Each winner was able to sit with a distinguished guest, including Judge C. Arlen Beam, Justice Kenneth Stephan, Judge William Cassel, and Judge Richard Sievers.
      The Foundation is grateful to the McGrath North Mullin and Kratz law firm for most generously providing one high school student a scholarship to attend the National Student Leadership Conference this summer.  Nicole Stadler from St. Patrick's High School in North Platte is extremely excited to attend the "Education and the Classroom" session  in Chicago.
      After the Law Day luncheon, Professor Raymond Nimmer from the University of Houston Law Center spoke on democracy and technology.  Nimmer presented "Star Wars: Clash of Law, Digital Technology, and the Internet." The Bar Foundation is appreciative of the financial support given by West, a Thomson Reuters business, to sponsor the presentation.

     Read the winning essays and
see more photos from the Law Day Essay Contest, cosponsored by the Bar Foundation and the Nebraska Supreme Court for 11 years, on the Foundation's web site.

Fifth Graders Shadow Lawyers and Judges on Law Day
Students Learn About Additional Careers
in the Law

Judge Curtis Maschman swears in witness in Pawnee City
Witness is sworn in

     Fifth graders surveyed after Law Day Job Shadowing are always eager to tell their stories about the courthouse, drug dogs and of course the jail!  One fifth grader wrote on his survey that he was very surprised that you have to be really nice when you answer the phones! 

     We could all learn a little from the Law Day Job Shadowing.  Students throughout Nebraska spent a morning with judges, clerks, bailiffs and police officers to learn about some of the careers in the legal profession.

     View pictures from the ninth annual Law Day Job Shadowing activity, cosponsored by the Bar Foundation and the Nebraska Supreme Court, on the Foundation's web site.
Committee Writes New Criminal Case
Mock Trial Case to Be Posted on Web in Late August

The Case Committee is immersed in creating an original case for Nebraska's High School Mock Trial teams.  The process is an enormous undertaking, and the Foundation values how much time and effort the case committee gives to make Mock Trial such a huge success.  This year's State Championships will be held in Lincoln on December 6 and 7.
     You may find historic cases and more information about the Mock Trial program on the Foundation's web site.

We the People Teachers' Summer Institute Upcoming in July
To Include Study of Native American Tribal Sovereignty

The Foundation and State Coordinator Sarah Peetz are busy planning the Teachers' Summer Institute for 60 elementary, middle and high school teachers throughout the state of Nebraska.  Each will earn three hours of credit toward a Master of Arts in Historical Studies through Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln.
       Participants will be studying five units of the We The People text. Constitutional scholars will present lectures on each chapter of the We The People textbook.  Teaching strategy sessions and hearing preparation will be conducted in small groups, and participants will engage in simulated congressional hearings.

     This Institute will also focus on American Indian sovereign authority and its reconciliation with Federal law. 

     You may read more about the We the People
program on the Bar Foundation's web site.
Revised Reaching the Age of Majority Booklet Ready for the Press
Become a Sponsor of This Road Map for Teens
     If you act quickly, you can include the name of your law firm or local bar association as a sponsor of this one-of-a-kind booklet, published by the Bar Foundation for Nebraska high school seniors.

    Since 1994, the Foundation has distributed more than 150,000  copies of the booklet, free of charge, to young people who are near their 19th birthday, the age of majority in Nebraska.

     Teachers and leaders of organizations serving Nebraska youth are able to request complimentary copies of the booklet to use in classroom study or other group settings.  They are also able to request a related presentation by a lawyer or judge volunteer who may visit the classroom and answer questions the students have about the law.

   For about the same cost as one day's newspaper, Nebraska bar members can place one of these booklets in the hands of a teenager whose rights and responsibilities will soon be expanding.  Won't you consider helping these young people as they work their way through the maze of legal complexities they will soon be facing.

     I encourage you to please contact me to arrange a contribution for printing and distributing copies of this legal road map for Nebraska young people.  Contributors of $500 and more by July 30 will be recognized on the inside cover of the booklet that has an annual circulation of 10,000 copies.

About the Foundation's Programs

 If you have questions about the Foundation's Law-Related Education programs for the public, please contact me at, 1-800-773-5396 or 475-1042. 
Nebraska State Bar Foundation
635 S. 14th Street, Suite 120
Lincoln, Nebraska 68508
Nebraska State Bar Foundation
In This Issue
*Law Day 2010 Celebrations
*2010 Mock Trial Case
*We the People Summer Teachers' Institute
*We the People Teachers' Summer Institute
*Become a Sponsor - Age of Majority Booklet
Quotations from Fifth Grade Job "Shadowers"

(I am learning) "how drugs and alcohol can hurt your life."

(I was surprised by) "what percent of kids my age have already 'sexted."  (25%)

on Reaching the Age of Majority Booklet

"The students engaged in a lively discussion, and to see the lights come on as they comprehend the subject matter of this booklet makes me want to become a teacher."
-Nebraska lawyer
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