ISBA recognizes Constitution Day next week, encourages participation
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The ISBA’s 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.

Additionally, the Know 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.

Lastly, the 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