CONTACT: Teresa Weidemann-Smith
State Bar of Wisconsin
(800) 444-9404, ext. 6025
Miss Wisconsin, Miss Madison Judge Student Hearing Competition
MADISON, January 8, 2005 -- The State Bar of
Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Law Foundation sponsored the 2005 We the
People ... The Citizen and the Constitution Wisconsin State Hearing
competition at the State Capitol in Madison on Saturday, January 8th
from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Students from Greenfield, Heritage Christian,
Ripon, Wauwatosa and Wisconsin Dells High Schools prepared for the
competition by completing a semester instructional program about the
Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The students will answer questions
posed by six panels consisting of lawyers, legislators, educational
professionals and Miss Madison Kelly Jo Stauffacher and Miss Wisconsin
Molly Jean McGrath.
The hearings take place from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. The media is
invited to attend for interviews at the Capitol at 3:30 p.m. Miss
Wisconsin and Miss Madison will present awards to students at the Inn on
the Park beginning at 4 p.m.
We the People ... The Citizen and the Constitution is an
educational program developed and administered by the Center for Civic
Education. It is funded in part by the U.S. Department of Education and
was established in 1987 under the Commission on the Bicentennial of the
United States Constitution. Wisconsin's program is supported by the
State Bar of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Council for the Social Studies,
the Wisconsin Law Foundation and the Law-related Education Committee of
the State Bar. For the past 17 years, this citizenship education program
has involved hundreds of Wisconsin students and teachers in the study of
the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
For more information on the competition, contact Dee Runaas, State
Bar of Wisconsin LRE Coordinator at 608/250-6191 or at org drunaas wisbar wisbar drunaas org .
The State Bar of Wisconsin is the mandatory professional association,
created by the Wisconsin Supreme Court, for attorneys who hold a
Wisconsin law license. With more than 21,000 members, the State Bar aids
the courts in improving the administration of justice, provides
continuing legal education for its members to help them maintain their
expertise, and assists Wisconsin lawyers in carrying out community
service initiatives to educate the public about the legal system and the
value of lawyers. For more information, visit www.wisbar.org or www.legalexplorer.com.