Foundation Facts
February 2014

The Foundation Fellows Dinner  
Saturday, March 1, 2014 
Holland Performing Arts Center
Omaha, Nebraska 

Don't miss this fun-filled evening, coming up in just a few weeks!  Following the induction of the new class of Fellows and the presentation of awards, we will attend "The Cocktail Hour" performance.  This swinging sounds of the '60s return as the Omaha Symphony plays some of the old favorites.

Here is the schedule for the evening:
4:30 - Reception
5:30 - Dinner
8:00 - Performance (following Foundation program)

Please refer to your invitation for other details.  Kindly send your RSVP card to the Foundation by Friday, February 14.  If you have any questions about this gala evening, please feel free to contact me..  I look forward to seeing you on
March 1!




Executive Director  


We the People State Champions Named on January 7 
Lincoln East High School Takes Ninth Consecutive Title

The Lincoln East team celebrates after taking the 2014 state title
We the People (WTP) State Coordinator Pam Carrier has announced that the team representing Lincoln East High School took the 2014 state championship title.  The competition was held at the University of Nebraska College of Law on January 7. 

The WTP team from Lincoln Southeast High School took second place.  Other teams receiving honorable mention were Holdrege High School, V.J. & Angela Skutt High School of Omaha, and Lincoln Southwest High School.

Susan Poser, Dean of the College of Law, welcomed students at the awards ceremony following the competition.  Nebraska Secretary of State John A. Gale then addressed the scholars, challenging them to think about how they will respond to the Constitutional issues that will challenge them when they become adults.  The Bar Foundation presented all of the students with medals in recognition of their achievement.

The Lincoln East High School team will represent Nebraska at the national We the People competition in Washington, D.C., April 26-29.  If you would like to contribute to the travel fund to send this team to nationals, please contact Pam Carrier:
Donate to the Foundation's Infinity Fund!
Contribute quickly and easily through the Bar Foundation's Website. Give to the Infinity Fund in recognition of the Foundation's 50th anniversary. Or give a general gift, a Legacy of Liberty gift, or leave a bequest. The Bar Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization, and contributions may be deductible as allowed by law. 

2014 Law Day Essay Contest in Progress
Theme is "American Veterans - Everyday Heroes"

Letters have been sent to Nebraska high school Social Studies and Language Arts teachers, inviting them to sponsor their students in the 15th annual Law Day Essay Contest.  This year, students will be asked to review the One Book One Nebraska selection,Once Upon a Town, which is an account of the North Platte Canteen, operated during World War II.  Using this example of exceptional community volunteerism, the students are asked to design a local volunteer project that would provide assistance to veterans or people in military service.

The contest will be judged by members of the Bar Foundation's PEOPLE Committee, and a winner at each grade level, 9 through 12, will be recognized by a judge or a lawyer at his or her own school.  Each winner will also receive a $50 gift card from Cornhusker Bank of Lincoln.

To read more information about the contest and to view the classroom resource list provided for teachers, check the Foundation's website.  This contest is cosponsored with the Nebraska Supreme Court.

Law Day Job Shadowing Begins New Year  
More than 3,000 Fifth Graders Are "Graduates" of Program
Judge Randall Rehmeier and Depty Lionberger answer questions about the duties of Havoc, the drug dog in Nebraska City
In courthouses around the state, judges, district court clerks, and clerk magistrates are busy making plans to host groups of energetics fifth graders in the annual Law Day Job Shadowing activity.  These local coordinators are working with teachers and administrators in their communities to plan for the event that usually takes place at the courthouse around the date of May 1.

Students may see some of the day-to-day business of the court as it is being conducted, and they may have an opportunity to actually participate in a mock trial.  In many locations, law enforcement personnel will be invited to visit with the students.  Especially popular with the students are the "drug" dogs and the opportunity to see the State Patrol's "hot" cars. Frequently, the students meet the local prosecutor and public defender, the court reporter, the bailiff, and sometimes they meet the interpreter.  These volunteers are open to the many questions the students have about the court system and law enforcement.

Of course, the volunteers share information about their jobs and encourage the students to work hard and stay in school.  And that is the purpose of this dynamic law-related education program cosponsored by the Bar Foundation and the Nebraska Supreme Court.  We thank the many volunteers who make this elementary school law-related education program possible.

About the Foundation's Programs
If you have questions about the Foundation's programs of Law-Related Education, please contact me at

1-800-773-5396 or 402-475-1042. 

Nebraska State Bar Foundation
635 S. 14th Street, Suite 120
Lincoln, Nebraska 68508
Nebraska State Bar Foundation