Center for Law and Civic Education is recognizing Constitution Day next week
Wednesday, Sept. 17, with activities and program launches. As always, ISBA
Center for Law and Civic Education encourages ISBA members to visit classrooms
around the State in observance of Constitution Day to begin the conversation
about the importance of the Constitution.
In honor of
the day, two high
school classes will be watching live arguments at the Judicial Branch
Building and then meeting a retired appellate judge to facilitate a discussion on
the process. The oral hearings will be two search and seizure cases dealing
with OWI. Iowa Supreme Court will also stream the oral arguments live at 9 a.m.
Your Constitution (KYC) program will release contest guidelines for this
year’s contest. The contest for Iowa high school students requires students to
take a quiz and write a short essay on the constitutional conundrum offered by
the KYC committee. In January, 100 students and their teachers will attend a
luncheon at the state level where five of those students will be selected for a
week-long educational trip to Washington, D.C., accompanied by their teachers.
ISBA will launch the Iowa We the People
program aimed to promote civic competence and responsibility among the
nation's elementary and secondary students. The culminating activity is a
simulated congressional hearing where students "testify" before a
panel of judges. At the high school level, schools may participate in a State
Competition, held in December, performing before a panel of notable
governmental and political leaders. The top performing high school team is
eligible to attend the National Competition in Washington, D.C.
Those interested in getting involved, can email
John Wheeler, Director for the ISBA Center for Law and Civic Education at firstname.lastname@example.org.