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    News Release November 2004: State Bar Seeks Community Leaders as Volunteer Judges

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    State Bar Seeks Community Leaders as Volunteer Judges

    Program Helps Middle and High School Students Study the Constitution

    MADISON, November 24, 2004 - The State Bar of Wisconsin seeks teachers, business owners and community leaders to participate as volunteer judges at the annual "We the People ... The Citizen and the Constitution" State Hearing for middle and high school students on Saturday, January 8 in the legislative hearing rooms at State Capitol in Madison. Volunteers are needed to judge middle and high school students who will be participating in a series of mock congressional hearings.

    "These hearings serve as an excellent exercise for students to interpret and learn about their rights and our Constitution," said Michelle Behnke, State Bar of Wisconsin President. "Participating students answer questions on historical aspects and modern day applications of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights."

    Student teams accumulate points during the six-unit competition, and the team with the winning total will represent Wisconsin at the We the People national competition April 30 - May 1, 2005 at the J.W. Marriott in Washington, D.C.

    For more information about the program, visit the State Bar's consumer website or to review the hearing questions, visit To sign up as a judge for a full or half day during this event, contact Dee Runaas, State Bar of Wisconsin Law-related Education Coordinator at (608) 250-6191 or Beth Drake, Public Services Assistant at (608) 250-6181.

    The State Bar of Wisconsin is the mandatory professional association, created by the Wisconsin Supreme Court, for attorneys who hold a law license in Wisconsin. With more than 20,000 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.