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
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
SOURCE American Board of Trial Advocates