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Students Learn the Importance of the Constitution and Citizenship at Naturalization Ceremony Hosted by Nebraska Wesleyan University

Some are required to attend, others have eagerly volunteered. But all will join in the celebration as Nebraska Wesleyan University students and area high school students watch over 40 individuals from 17 countries take their Oath of Allegiance and become naturalized United States citizens.

The public ceremony on Constitution Day, September 17, takes place at Nebraska Wesleyan University. United States District Judge John Gerrard will preside.

Prior to the ceremony, high school students will participate in an education session jointly sponsored by the Nebraska Supreme Court and the Nebraska State Bar Foundation. The program includes a discussion of immigration policy with Lincoln attorney Larry Ruth. Nebraska State Certified Court Interpreter Raul Escobar will speak regarding access to the justice system for Nebraska's immigrant population.

The Naturalization Ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m. in O'Donnell Auditorium and will include "What It Means to be an American" by Nebraska Wesleyan University student Tram Kieu who was naturalized in 1998. There will be patriotic vocal music by Wesleyan student Cao Nguyen, remarks and announcements by Judge Gerrard, and recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance by the new citizens.

Judge Gerrard will answer questions from high school students in the auditorium before joining the reception for naturalized citizens and their families after the ceremony.


Skutt Mock Trial Team Goes Undefeated at National Competition

Pat Borchers (left) and Skutt coach Mary Meyer (right) celebrate with their team upon learning of their final standing.
Pat Borchers (left) and Skutt coach Mary Meyer (right) celebrate with their team upon learning of their final standing.
The Skutt Catholic High School mock trial team placed third at this year's National Mock Trial competition and the circumstances surrounding that finish, and their increasingly impressive track record, are a testament to the program.

Patrick Borchers, vice-president of Academic Affairs at Creighton University and former dean of the Creighton Law School, started the program along with his wife, attorney Judy Borchers, when their son Ryan attended Skutt in 2003.


Watch Recorded 2012 Constitution Day Program

On September 17, the Bar Foundation and Nebraska Supreme Court joined with Nebraska Secretary of State John A. Gale to discuss voting rights extended through amendments to the United States Constitution. The program originated from Grand Island High School and was streamed live via the web to Nebraska schools. Click on the arrow to view the recorded presentation.


Register Now for the 2012 Mock Trial Regional Competition!

The Bar Foundation encourages your school's participation in the 2012 Nebraska High School Mock Trial Project. Online registration for this popular law-related education activity is now open. Teachers who wish to sponsor one or more teams may find the registration information and forms on the Foundation's website at The cost is only $35 per team. The fee is used to defray travel expenses for the Nebraska championship team to attend the National High School Mock Trial Championship, May 9-11, 2013, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Nebraska regional competitions will take place this fall between October 1 and November 21.


Invitation to Schools in Peru State Area to Observe Court of Appeals in Session

High Schools are invited to bring students to Peru State on September 13th to observe the Nebraska Court of Appeals in session. Sessions will be from 9:30-11:15 a.m. and 1:30-3:15 p.m. in the College Theater. Please R.S.V.P. to the Office of Admissions at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by September 7th indicating the following information: 1) primary e-mail contact address, as well as group leader(s)' contact information; 2) which session you plan to attend (morning, afternoon or both); 3) number attending; 4) time of arrival; 5) if your plans include staying for lunch on campus; and 6) if you would like a campus tour. More details will be sent to the contact person from the Office of Admission once an RSVP has been received.

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