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: Law-Related Education and Bench Media. Law-Related Education (LRE) 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 Law-Related 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 and the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution Program. Volunteers are needed as attorney coaches, regional coordinators and judges for the Mock Trial Program; We the People judges; and hosts for Job Shadowing for Fifth Graders.
The Bar Foundation’s LRE Programs include the following:
- Constitution Day Educational Outreach for Students
- High School and College Outreach for Oral Arguments
- LRE Volunteers
- Law Day Celebration
- Law Day Job Shadowing for Fifth Graders
- Judge Lyle Strom High School Mock Trial
- Mock Trial Student News Reporter Contest
- Teen Parents and the Law (TPAL)
- We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution