The purpose of the PEOPLE (Public Education Outreach Promoting the Law & Equity) Committee is to proactively inform and educate the public, including students, adults and members of news media, about the legal system. The Honorable Lyle Strom is Chair of the committee.
Its objectives are to
- Inform and educate the public about the legal system
- Educate members of the media about the legal system
- Offer professional development for Nebraska teachers
- Provide interactive LRE programs for teachers to help students learn about the legal system
Under the PEOPLE umbrella are two committees: Civics Education and Bench Media. Civics Education is chaired by Chief Judge John Gerrard, United States District Judge for the District of Nebraska. Bench Media is chaired by Nebraska Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike Heavican.
The Civics Education Committee depends on hundreds of volunteers to serve as attorney coaches and volunteer judges for numerous Bar Foundation programs, including the Mock Trial Program, We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution Program and hosts for Job Shadowing for Fifth Graders.
The Bar Foundation’s Civics Education Programs include the following: