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ABOTA Foundation program earns top award.

The Association of Educational Publishers recently awarded the Foundation of the American Board of Trial Advocates its Distinguished Achievement Award, which recognizes the best educational materials--such as books, periodicals, educational toys, and software--within subject categories and by audience.

This year, Justice by the People, an interactive program developed by the Foundation of ABOTA to teach students about trial by jury, won the award for Social Studies Instruction for grades 6-8. The program is available at www.scholastic.com, a portal for school-based professionals.

"More than five million Americans are called for jury duty each year," said ABOTA Foundation President Joseph P. Milton of Jacksonville. "Many of today's students will serve on juries someday. For most, it will be their principal way, other than voting, of participating directly in the democratic process. Jury duty will be an opportunity to offer great service, but also an awesome responsibility. The more jurors understand their role, the better they will be able to fulfill this responsibility."

The program was launched in 1998 to allow students hands-on experience with the trial process. The lesson plans and student reproducibles are designed to help teach students about the Sixth and Seventh Amendments and the importance of the right to trial by jury.

"Our mission is to preserve the right to trial by jury. One of the scopes of that mission is to educate people about that constitutional right. We feel the best place to start is in the school systems," Milton said.
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