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Bar Crawl highlights bar association news around the state. Indiana Lawyer strives to include bar association news and trends in its regular stories, and we would like to include more news from specialty and county bars. If you’d like to submit an update about your bar association or a photo from an event your bar association has hosted, or if you have questions about having your bar association news included in the newspaper, please send it to Marilyn Odendahl at modendahl@ibj.com, along with contact information for any follow-up questions at least two weeks prior to the issue date.

We The People’ program to showcase civic education

Students from 12 Indiana high schools and middle schools will again be showcasing their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution in the annual “We The People” competition.

This national event which promotes civic education is organized in the Hoosier state by the Indiana Bar Foundation.

The state championship is scheduled for Dec. 17 - 19 in Indianapolis. Indiana’s newest Supreme Court Justice Loretta Rush and Indiana Senate President Pro Tempore David Long will be the guest speakers.

During the competition, the students will testify before panels of judges comprised primarily of attorneys, members of the judiciary, and community leaders, and answer questions about the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights and American history. They must display critical thinking, research, teamwork and public speaking skills as well as content knowledge.

The winners will represent Indiana at the national finals in Washington, D.C., next spring.

District competitions were held earlier this fall at various locations around the state. Winners who have advanced to the state championship are:

High School

District 1 – Munster High School, Munster

District 3 – Homestead High School, Fort Wayne

District 4 – Plainfield High School, Plainfield

District 5 – Hamilton Southeastern High School, Fishers

District 7 – Cathedral High School, Indianapolis

District 8 – Evansville North High School, Evansville

District 9 – Floyd Central High School, Floyds Knobs

Wild Card – Fishers High School, Fishers

Wild Card – Covenant Christian High School, Indianapolis

Wild Card – Herron High School, Indianapolis

Wild Card – Wabash High School, Wabash

Wild Card – TBD

Middle School

District 1 – TBD - competition to be held Dec. 7

District 3 – St. Joseph-St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School, Fort Wayne

District 3 – Carroll Middle School, Fort Wayne

District 4 – St. Malachy Parish School, Brownsburg

District 5 – Maconaquah Middle School, Bunker Hill

District 7 – St. Richards Episcopal School, Indianapolis

District 8 – Helfrich Park STEM Academy, Evansville

District 9 – Brown County Junior High School, Nashville

Wild Card – Canterbury School, Fort Wayne

Wild Card – RJ Baskett Middle School, Gas City

Wild Card – Thompkins Middle School, Evansville

Wild Card – Sidener Academy, Indianapolis•

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