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LRE Theme for 2011 Focuses on New Media

The LRE Subcommittee of the Bar Foundation's PEOPLE Committee has selected "Democracy and the Digital Age of Media" as its theme for 2010-2011. The theme was introduced at the annual Legacy of Liberty Breakfast in October 2010.

The 12th Annual Law Day Essay Contest question is related to digital media, as it targets the problem of cyber-bullying in schools. The annual LRE theme will also be featured at the annual Fellows Dinner, and it is anticipated that the original Mock Trial problem for 2011 will embody the "Digital Age of Media" theme.

Since this year's LRE theme incorporates the examination of digital media, as well as First Amendment rights, members of the Media Subcommittee and the LRE Subcommittee of the PEOPLE Committee are working together to identify appropriate activities and lessons for Nebraska students. Thomas E. Keefe of Lincoln is the chair of the LRE Subcommittee, and Judge Todd Hutton of Papillion chairs the Media Subcommittee.


Schmid Endowment to Fund Reaching the Age of Majority Booklet

A recent contribution by Virginia Schmid to the Marvin G. and Virginia C. Schmid Education Endowment will make it possible for all Nebraska high school students graduating in 2011 to receive a copy of the Foundation's publication, Reaching the Age of Majority. This popular booklet will be made available free of charge to all 25,000 Nebraska seniors by the end of this school year. To request copies for your school's graduating seniors, please contact Cindy Lilleoien at 402-475-1042 or by filling out an online order.

Reaching the Age of Majority is a unique resource that can act as a roadmap to help young Nebraskans become good citizens. For more than 10 years, the Foundation has annually distributed more than 10,000 copies to teachers and other youth leaders who have requested them. The Schmid gift will make it possible to more than double this year's distribution of the booklet that addresses more than 30 areas of the law, outlining the rights and responsibilities of young citizens. The Schmids' contributions to the Bar Foundation will be featured on the inside cover of the new edition of the booklet.


Allen L. and Ginny Overcash to Be Honored at 2011 Fellows Dinner

Allen L. Overcash and his wife Ginny are to be inducted as members of the Legacy of Liberty's Soaring Eagle Society at the annual Fellows Dinner on the evening of April 2 in Lincoln. The Overcashes are being recognized for completing their pledge of $50,000 toward the Standing Bear Scholarship Fund, established in 2007.

Foundation Board of Directors member Charlie Wright will bestow the honor, thanking the Overcashes for their most generous contribution to the Scholarship Fund. The Standing Bear Scholarship gives Nebraska Native Americans an opportunity to pursue a law degree at the University of Nebraska College of Law. Wright and his wife Suzy are the creators of this scholarship.


Lincoln East High School Wins State We the People

Lincoln East High School, the Nebraska We the People Championship team, with the Chief Justice Michael G. Heavican of the Nebraska Supreme Court

On January 31, 2011, the 20-member team from Lincoln East High School won the 2011 We The People: the Citizen and the Constitution State Championship which was held in Lincoln. This team will represent Nebraska in the national competition in Washington, D.C., April 30th-May 2nd. This year's win marks the 6th consecutive state championship win for East High School.

Team members are: Dorothy Chen, Sean Douglas, Aaron Fast, Jonathan Feingold, Aidan Fleischer, Anna Hayden-Roy, Cameron Higley, Rachel Hohlen, Katie Horn, Sam Karas, Parviz Kholmatov, Darrin Lim, Eric Mattson, Abby Newhouse, Jacqueline O'Doherty, Elizabeth Potter, Eric Qiu, Advaith Rau, Kate Rilett, and Adam Slyter. East was coached by teacher, Kevin Rippe.


Skutt Catholic Defends State Mock Trial Title

Skutt Catholic High School, the Nebraska Mock Trial Championship team, with the Honorable Lyle E. Strom, U.S. District Court Senior Judge, who presided over the Championship Round.

For the first time in Nebraska State Mock Trial history, a school advanced two teams from regional competition into the State Mock Trial Championships. One of those teams, Skutt Catholic High School - Green defeated the North Platte High School team in the championship round on December 7th in Lincoln to win the State Mock Trial title. The Honorable Lyle E. Strom, Federal District Court Judge for the District of Nebraska, presided over the final trial held at the Lancaster County Courthouse.

The Skutt team played the defense in the criminal case where Alex Toakliss, a senior at Goldenrod University, found him/herself charged with manslaughter after an annual ritual at a Halloween party went tragically wrong. Skutt – Green will represent Nebraska at the National High School Mock Trial Championship in Phoenix, Arizona, May 5-7th, 2011.


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