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Christine Morganti
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7000 Fifth Graders to Learn About the Constitution

Albuquerque, N.M.—The State Bar Public and Legal Education Commission and the New Mexico State Bar Foundation are coordinating participation in Constitution Day, designated by Public Law 108-447 which requires educational institutions receiving federal funds to educate students about the U.S. Constitution. During the Week of Sept. 13–17, volunteer attorneys and judges will be partnered with teachers to co-teach lessons to fifth graders across the state.

Each student will receive a pocket-sized Constitution paid for by the legal volunteers who will make the presentations. Teachers will receive a guide, testing materials, flashcards and a crossword puzzle. The curriculum meets New Mexico performance standards in history, civics, and government classes.

Among those volunteering are the Honorable Frank Sedillo from Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court and the Honorable Michael Vigil from the New Mexico Court of Appeals. Judge Sedillo will speak to students from 12:45 to 2:30 p.m., Sept. 17, at Seven Bar Elementary School, 4501 Seven Bar Loop N.W., Albuquerque. Judge Vigil will speak to students at 8:45 a.m., Sept. 16, at Bel Air Elementary, 4725 Candelaria N.E., Albuquerque.

The national program was created by Liberty Day, www.libertyday.org, a non-partisan volunteer effort to educate Americans about the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. Their goal is to help educators, parents, civic organizations, and government officials teach our youth about our founding documents.

More information may be found at http://www.nmbar.org/Public/educationalprograms.html.

The State Bar of New Mexico was organized in 1886 and is composed of more than 8500 members. Its purposes are to aid the courts in administering justice and preserving the rule of law, and to foster a high standard of integrity and competence within the legal profession.