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We the People state finals Dec. 17 and 18

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The Indiana Bar Foundation is preparing to host its annual We the People state finals later this month.

More than 700 students representing middle and high schools from all over the state will test their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution in the annual competition. Middle school teams will compete from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 17, and high school teams will compete from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 18.

Previously held at Union Station in downtown Indianapolis, this year’s We the People competition will be held at Plainfield High School in Hendricks County. Organizers decided to move the event after the loss of federal funding forced budget-cutting measures.
 

wtp-01-15col.jpg Hamilton Southeastern High School students with Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall Shepard at the 2010 state finals. (Photo Submitted)

Charles R. Dunlap, executive director of the foundation, said the new venue will not affect the competition.

“We are fortunate to have access to a top facility that is centrally located and able to meet our scheduling needs,” Dunlap said. “The competition rooms are close together and the facility can even accommodate lunches for the schools.”

The IBF has worked to reduce expenses and simultaneously raise private funds to maintain a quality competition for the teachers and students who participate. The fundraising campaign, An Hour For Civics, encourages members of the Indiana bar to donate the equivalent of one billable hour to the IBF before Dec. 31. The Indiana State Bar Association has agreed to match up to $100,000 in private, new gifts made to the foundation for any program or general operating expenses.

For more information and a list of teams participating in the state finals, see the IBF website: http://www.inbf.org/.•

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  1. So that none are misinformed by my posting wihtout a non de plume here, please allow me to state that I am NOT an Indiana licensed attorney, although I am an Indiana resident approved to practice law and represent clients in Indiana's fed court of Nth Dist and before the 7th circuit. I remain licensed in KS, since 1996, no discipline. This must be clarified since the IN court records will reveal that I did sit for and pass the Indiana bar last February. Yet be not confused by the fact that I was so allowed to be tested .... I am not, to be clear in the service of my duty to be absolutely candid about this, I AM NOT a member of the Indiana bar, and might never be so licensed given my unrepented from errors of thought documented in this opinion, at fn2, which likely supports Mr Smith's initial post in this thread: http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-7th-circuit/1592921.html

  2. When I served the State of Kansas as Deputy AG over Consumer Protection & Antitrust for four years, supervising 20 special agents and assistant attorneys general (back before the IBLE denied me the right to practice law in Indiana for not having the right stuff and pretty much crushed my legal career) we had a saying around the office: Resist the lure of the ring!!! It was a take off on Tolkiem, the idea that absolute power (I signed investigative subpoenas as a judge would in many other contexts, no need to show probable cause)could corrupt absolutely. We feared that we would overreach constitutional limits if not reminded, over and over, to be mindful to not do so. Our approach in so challenging one another was Madisonian, as the following quotes from the Father of our Constitution reveal: The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse. We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties. I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power. All men having power ought to be mistrusted. -- James Madison, Federalist Papers and other sources: http://www.constitution.org/jm/jm_quotes.htm RESIST THE LURE OF THE RING ALL YE WITH POLITICAL OR JUDICIAL POWER!

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