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Future Business Leaders Get Together and Pick Champions

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c_FBLA_colorx100Last week the New York State Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) held the annual Spring District Meeting (SDM) at Queens Vocational and Technical High School in Long Island City. FBLA chapters from Queens Voc, Campus Magnet High School and the Laurelton Middle School heard a presentation on leadership by Suveer Seemangal, State Vice President of FBLA District 2. Students helds a coin challenge for the New York State FBLA charity, the March of Dimes.

Student competitions for public speaking, impromptu speaking, and parliamentary procedure selected winners who will compete at the State Leadership Conference coming up in April.

Forest Hills HS Students Are New York State Constitutional Law Champions

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Last Saturday, a team from Forest Hills High School (pictured above) won First Place in the New York State Finals of the We the People constitutional law competition sponsored in part by the New York State Bar Association. Second Place was won by the James Madison High School team, this year’s New York City winner. The Forest Hills students will go on to the National Finals April 25-28 on the campus of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

Now in its 27th year, the We the People Program takes the form of simulated congressional hearings n which students testify as constitutional experts. From the web site:

Each hearing begins with a four minute opening statement by students and is followed by a six minute period of follow-up questioning during which judges probe students’ depth of knowledge, understanding, and their ability to apply constitutional principles. The format provides students an excellent opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of constitutional principles while providing the seventy-two judges with an excellent means of assessing students’ knowledge and application to historical and current constitutional issues.

Test your own knowledge of the constitution by downloading a PDF of the Hearing Questions. A sample question: What is the relationship, if any, between the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, natural rights philosophy, and the Declaration of Independence?

Law-related CTE programs at 36 high schools around the city get technical support from the NYC DOE’s Justice Resource Center.

UAG Technology Students Host Cyberethics Conference

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The staff and students at the new Urban Assembly Gateway School for Technology recently organized a school-wide conference on cyber-ethics and the consequences of hacking that drew experts from major private and public sector organizations. The UAG Cybersecurity Summit on January 31, 2013 featured Goldman Sachs vice president Joel Ruffin, a Manhattan Assistant District Attorney, UAG Technology Coordinator Kayon Pryce and students Michael Gonzalez and Bryan Valarezo.

Student input was critical to ensuring the event was relevant and responsive to student concerns. “It was nerve-wracking to be on the panel, but in the end, I felt empowered,” says student Michael Gonzalez, one of the school’s more experienced programmers.  For schools that have tech-savvy and tech-curious students, computer and network security can become a challenge when newfound knowledge can tempt students into the uncharted territory of digital rights and responsibilities.

According to sophomore Arthur Tyce, “I like that we have experts come in to give us the latest and best information about cyber security.” The Summit also featured a discussion of the latest cybercrime trends including catfishing and cyberstalking. Students submitted questions for the panelists ahead of time in their Technology classes and were able to engage with panelists in two sessions, one for 10th graders  and another for 9th graders.

The Urban Assembly Gateway School for Technology (UAG) was launched in 2011 with a mission to engage students through inventive problem-solving that integrates innovative technology and the habits of mind that prepare them for college, careers and life. UAG is a Career and Technical Education (CTE) school offering three Technology Pathways: IT & Systems, Digital Design and Animation, and Software Engineering and Programming. UAG will graduate its first senior class in 2015.

Fund Drive for Forest Hills HS Legal Scholars in the Daily News

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After winning the New York State Finals in the We the People constitutional law competition sponsored in part by the New York State Bar Association, students from Forest Hills High School were invited to the National Finals in Washington, D.C. in April. Now they need to raise money to get to Washington. Daily News reporter Claire Trapasso describes the fundraising effort in a story in today’s paper.

Now in its 26th year, the We the People Program takes the form of simulated congressional hearings n which students testify as constitutional experts. From the web site:

Each hearing begins with a four minute opening statement by students and is followed by a six minute period of follow-up questioning during which judges probe students’ depth of knowledge, understanding, and their ability to apply constitutional principles. The format provides students an excellent opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of constitutional principles while providing the seventy-two judges with an excellent means of assessing students’ knowledge and application to historical and current constitutional issues.

Test your own knowledge of the constitution by downloading a PDF of the Hearing Questions.

Law-related CTE programs at roughly 36 high schools around the city get technical support from the NYC DOE’s Justice Resource Center.

Forest Hills High School is almost half the way to its fundraising goal. To make a donation, call the school at (718) 268-3137 or email tkelly8@schools.nyc.gov. 

NYC Students Argue “Child Soldiers” Case at the International Moot Court at The Hague

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Peace Palace at The Hague during a visit by Pope John Paul II.

Two all-star teams of New York City high school students will argue a case at The Hague in the Netherlands in the first International Moot Court Competition February 12 to 19.  The New York teams will argue their case, “Child Soldiers,” against teams from the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Venezuela and Argentina for the championship title. The final round will be held at the world famous Vredespaleis or Peace Palace.

New York CTE’s Justice Resource Center, in partnership with the City Hall of the Hague, and the International Debate Education Association (IDEA), in conjunction with the International Bar Association (IBA-England), has developed this first International high school Moot Court competition. The competition is an outgrowth of the nationally acclaimed MENTOR law firm/school partnership program. MENTOR, which was created in the 1980s, pairs major law firms with New York City public high school students. The lawyers-partners and associates help students prepare for an appellate argument. Countless hours are spent analyzing and dissecting judicial opinions  as well as honing oral advocacy skill

The following students will represent New York City at the Hague:

Mishal Ayaz from John Bowne High School
Shannika Campbell from Harry S Truman High School
Tyler Deharrte from Cobble Hill School of American Studies
Rafael Henriquez from Bronx High School of Science
Benjamin Hoffman and Katherine Mallary from the High School of American Studies at Lehman College
Tiana Quattruci and Alban Hoxha of Herbert H. Lehman High School
Catrina Livermore and Daniel Pena of Forest Hills High School
Christopher Llego of Sheepshead Bay High School
Juan Lopez from Flushing High School
Gabriel Pariente and Rose Balzano of James Madison High School
Sophia Weinstock of Susan E. Wagner High School
Peiran Zhang of Francis Lewis High School

For more information about the Justice Resource Center or the International Moot Court Competition, email Debbie Lesser or phone 212-580-5905.

“In this exercise, you are given an ICC judgement involving events which happened during a civil war in a fictional country, Malenga…”

Test your skills at international criminal law. Download the 48-page PDF of the Moot Court Exercise for Students.

 

 

 

Murrow Students Ace Constitutional Law Competition

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Edward R. Murrow High School constitutional scholars with their teacher, Ms. Susan Giberga (pictured l. to r.) Joanna Bis, Glory Bowman, Bess Cohen, Jamila Gordon, Jessica Katzen, Melissa Ly, Sarah Mammano, Makeda Mathieson, Brittany Moor, Hannah Small, Brandon Tenzer, Maya Weitzner and Linda Willis.

After taking top honors in the local New York heat, a team of young legal scholars from Edward R. Murrow High School placed second at last month’s New York State Finals of the We the People Program administered by the New York State Bar Association.  In the Finals, students “testify” before a simulated congressional hearing in front of a panel of judges. They demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of constitutional principles and have opportunities to evaluate, take, and defend positions on relevant historical and contemporary issues. The New York State Bar Association and the Justice Resource Center under the direction of Debra Lesser sponsor the city and state programs at high schools throughout New York City.

City Schools Compete in Constitutional Law Finals, Townsend Harris Takes Second

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Four New York City high schools made it to the state Finals of the We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution competition in Albany on March 17, 2010. Students from Edward R. Murrow High School, Forest Hills High School, James Madison High Schoo... Read more