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 the nation. 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.
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SOURCE American Board of Trial Advocates