DALLAS, Dec. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Foundation of the
American Board of Trial Advocates recently received a grant of $50,000 from
the Texas Bar Foundation to support its Justice by the People education
program. The grant will fund the continued free availability of Justice by
the People on the web site of Scholastic, Inc., the largest educational
publisher in the world.
The grant will also fund the creation of a new Texas-specific lesson
plan on the right to trial by jury and provide for broad publicity for
Justice by the People through e-mail and print promotion to thousands of
teachers across the nation, including more than 21,000 in Texas.
Justice by the People is an interactive curriculum for middle school
teachers and their students to help them understand their constitutional
right to trial by jury in civil and criminal cases. The Association of
Educational Publishers awarded Justice by the People its 2007 Distinguished
Achievement Award for the best middle school social studies curriculum in
Justice by the People was originally created in 1998, also with support
from the Texas Bar Foundation, to address the abysmal lack of knowledge
among young Americans about their rights and responsibilities as citizens.
Research from the National Constitution Center, the Bill of Rights
Institute, and many others revealed that civic education was rapidly
disappearing from America's classrooms and young people had little
knowledge or appreciation of their constitutional freedoms.
The original printed curriculum with CD-ROM was revamped in 2006 in
partnership with Scholastic, Inc., and is now provided in a free,
downloadable format, aligned with national social studies teaching
standards, at www.scholastic.com, which is visited by more than three
million educators each month.
Additional funding for Justice by the People program has been received
from the Fellows of the ABOTA Foundation, the Florida Bar Foundation and
the Georgia Civil Justice Foundation.
The ABOTA Foundation was established in 1991 to provide education to
the American public about the right to trial by jury and to promote the
professional education of trial attorneys.
The American Board of Trial Advocates, founded in Texas in 1958, is an
organization dedicated to defending the American civil justice system. With
a membership of 6,300 experienced attorneys representing both plaintiffs
and defendants in civil cases (including 685 in Texas), ABOTA is uniquely
qualified to speak for the value of the constitutionally-mandated jury
system as the protector of the rights of persons and property.
ABOTA publishes Voir Dire magazine, which features in-depth articles on
current and historical issues related to constitutional rights, in
particular the Seventh Amendment right to trial by jury. ABOTA and the
ABOTA Foundation's national headquarters are in Dallas.
Since its inception in 1965, the Texas Bar Foundation has awarded more
than $9 million in grants to law-related education programs. Supported by
the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Bar Foundation is the nation's largest
charitably funded bar foundation.
For more information contact:
Brian Tyson at (800) 932-2682
SOURCE American Board of Trial Advocates