FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 06, 2021
Contact: Amy Starnes
Public Information Director, State Bar of Texas
800-204-2222, ext. 1706, or 512-427-1706
State Bar of Texas awarded grant to help educate students and public about jury service
AUSTIN—The Texas Bar Foundation awarded a $20,000 grant to the State Bar of Texas Law-Related Education Department and Law Focused Education, Inc. to fund their newest project: Jury Service: Your Call of Duty.
The project is designed educate students and the public about the role of jury service in our democracy and will debut in spring 2022.
Jury Service: Your Call of Duty will consist of a webpage and videos that explain why the U.S. jury system is important, what to do when you receive a jury summons, the purpose and function of the voir dire process, and a citizen’s responsibilities once selected to serve on a jury.
The project will be located on the Texas Law-Related Education website—texaslre.org—and will be accessible in English and Spanish. Jury Service: Your Call of Duty is a project of the State Bar of Texas Law Focused Education and Jury Service committees.
“LFEI thanks the Bar Foundation for this grant,” Daniel Hu, president of Law Focused Education Inc., said. “Jury service is one our most important civic duties and ensures a fair and just resolution of criminal cases and civil disputes. These materials will help ensure we have informed, educated jurors.”
Since its inception in 1965, the Texas Bar Foundation has awarded more than $22 million in grants to law-related programs. Supported by members of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Bar Foundation is the nation’s largest charitably funded bar foundation.
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