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Judges And Lawyers At Your Child’s School?

Photo: MCBA member Mark Miller, a Managing Attorney for Pacific Legal Foundation’s Atlantic Center in Florida, with Ms. DeLeon and one of her wonderfully adorable eighth grade History classes at Indiantown Middle School.

Martin County, Florida, September 16, 2015 – The Constitution of the United States was signed September 17, 1787.  As such, September 17 to the 23rd is Constitution Week.  This week, Judges and Lawyers in Martin County have volunteered to speak at elementary, middle and high schools, teaching the United States Constituion all over Martin County. 

Chad Hastings, the president of the Martin County Bar Association said, “I think this is a great program and our association supports it every year.  Martin County lawyers and judges have volunteered their time at every participating public school in Martin County, teaching the students about the Constitution.  These students are getting the benefit of real life experience from these judges and lawyers.”

The Martin County Bar Association's annual Constitution Week  program began in 2005 and, in the past decade, over 150 lawyers and judges have made presentations to over 10,000 students.  Fourth DCA Judge Alan Forst (Past MCBA President and chairman of MCBA's Constitution Week program) has spearheaded the program along with Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Judge William Roby and local attorney Richard Levenstein.

Constitution week is an important local Martin County Bar Association program.  As a founder of the program, Judge Roby said “It is vital to our free society that our citizens know that we live in a Constitutional Republic, and not a democracy. We democratically elect our representatives, but were it not for our Constitutional Republic, the rights of the “little guy” would be subsumed and trampled upon by the desires and whim of the “majority/government”. Knowing what one’s rights are and how they protect us as from tyranny and oppression is vital in maintaining a free, open, and vibrant society.”  Lawyers and Judges in the Martin County Bar Association hope that the future leaders coming out of our local schools share this message and understand its importance.

If you would like to know more information about Constitution Week, visit the Martin County Bar Association Website at

Chad C. Hastings

Martin County Bar Association