On December 12, 2018, the state finals for the We the People program were held at the Robert C. Byrd Federal Courthouse in Charleston. Pictured above is the state champion school, Clay County High School, with U.S. District Court Chief Judge Thomas Johnston, on the left, who gave remarks and made the award presentations. We the People is a nationwide competition for high school students on constitutional and legal issues. The students make presentations on specific matters and then respond to questions from three judge panels consisting of lawyers, teachers and community leaders. Clay County, lead by its outstanding teacher, Philip Dobbins, will compete in the national competition in the Washington, DC area in April 2019. Initial competitions were held at the Congressional District level with Robert C. Byrd High School (Clarksburg) being victorious in District One, Clay County High School in District 2 and Woodrow Wilson High School (Beckley) in District 3. U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Aloi gave remarks and participated as a judge in District One, with U.S. Magistrate Judge Omar Aboulhosn handling the same responsibilities in Districts 2 and 3. The Bar Foundation had previously supported the We the People program for over twenty years by providing grants, administration and supervisory assistance. Recently, the Board of Directors agreed to have the Bar Foundation serve as the fiscal agent for this important constitutional education endeavor. Congratulations to Clay County High School and the very best wishes for its success at the national competition!

The WV Bar Foundation Board of Directors is asking that you please make a tax deductible donation to the Bar Foundation’s grant making program by 12:00 Midnight on Monday, December 31, 2018. Your donation will be used for grants to worthy charitable organizations, here in West Virginia, that work to prevent child abuse and neglect, educate our people about their rights and responsibilities under the law, provide legal services for our low income citizens, support the lawyer and judicial assistance activities and give scholarship funds to law students committed to doing public service legal work. Your donation is tax deductible and there is a distinct need for grants in these high priority areas. You have shared values with your colleagues in the legal profession and the judiciary and you care about these men, women and children here in our state who will greatly benefit from your generosity. Please give your financial support by check to the WV Bar Foundation, P. O. Box 4845, Charleston, WV 25364 or Donate online at wvbarfound.org Thank You for your donation by Midnight, Monday, December, 31, 2018! ___________________________________________________________

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