ABOTA Foundation's Justice by the People Program Earns AEP Distinguished Achievement Award
DALLAS, July 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Association of Educational Publishers recently announced that the Foundation of the American Board of Trial Advocates was the winner of the Distinguished Achievement Award, which recognizes the best educational materials - such as books, periodicals, educational toys, and software - within subject categories and by audience. This year, Justice by the People, an interactive program developed by the Foundation of ABOTA to teach students about trial by jury, won the Distinguished Achievement Award for Social Studies Instruction for grades 6-8. The program is available at www.scholastic.com, an award-winning portal for school-based professionals including teachers, administrators, librarians, as well as families and kids. "More than five million Americans are called for jury duty each year," said ABOTA Foundation president Joseph P. Milton of the Jacksonville, Fla., law firm of Milton, Leach, Whitman, D'Andrea, Charek & Milton PA. "Many of today's students will serve on juries someday. For most, it will be their principal way (other than voting) of participating directly in the democratic process. Jury duty will be an opportunity to offer great service, but also an awesome responsibility. The more jurors understand their role, the better they will be able to fulfill this responsibility." The Justice by the People program was launched in 1998 to allow students hands-on experience with the trial process. It contains multiple lesson plans and features an interactive game called Make Your Case. The easy-to-use, turnkey lesson plans and student reproducibles are designed to help teach students about the Sixth and Seventh Amendments to the U.S. Constitution and the critical importance of the right to trial by jury. "Our mission is to preserve the right to trial by jury. One of the scopes of that mission is to educate people about that constitutional right. We feel the best place to start is in the school systems," Milton added. Founded in 1958, ABOTA is a national association of experienced trial lawyers and judges. ABOTA and its members are dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the civil jury trial right provided by the 7th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The Foundation of ABOTA, formed in 1992, is an affiliated charitable entity, the mission of which is to support the purposes of ABOTA through education and research. ABOTA membership consists of more than 6,300 lawyers and judges spread among 93 Chapters in all 50 States and the District of Columbia. 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. For more information contact: Brian Tyson at (800) 932-2682 firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOURCE American Board of Trial Advocates
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