The New Jersey State Bar Foundation believes that “informed citizens are better citizens.” To keep citizens informed, the Foundation has launched three blogs—The Informed Citizen, The Legal Eagle Lowdown and The Respect Rundown. New posts will be added to the blogs every few weeks, so check the Foundation’s website (njsbf.org) often.

Here’s what you’ll find:

Informing Citizens

James Madison, the Father of our Constitution, once said: “Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”

The Informed Citizen, a civics blog of the NJSBF, will tackle civics-related topics with the goal of arming all citizens with the knowledge of how the Founding Fathers created the nation and what every citizen’s rights are under the U.S. Constitution. Our first post explains the 17th Amendment and the “consent of the governed.” Future posts will explore the origin of political parties, the history of voting rights and the purpose of the presidential cabinet. Be an Informed Citizen, click here.

 

Getting the Lowdown

The Legal Eagle Lowdown is an update blog for the Foundation’s legal newspaper for kids, The Legal Eagle, published FREE three times a year. Posts for the Lowdown will update a recently published Legal Eagle story that has had some development since its publication. Our first post updates the automatic voter registration story from the fall 2016 Special Election Edition. Future posts will update stories on gene editing, net neutrality, e-cigarettes and the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. Click here to get the Lowdown. If you would like a subscription to The Legal Eagle, click here.


Getting the Rundown

The Respect Rundown is an update blog for the Foundation’s tolerance and diversity newsletter, Respect, published FREE three times a year. Posts for the Rundown will update a recently published Respect story that has had some development since its publication. Our first post updates the racial gerrymandering article from our fall 2016 Special Voting Rights Edition. Future posts will update stories on voter ID laws, transgender issues and immigration. Click here to get the Rundown. If you would like a subscription to Respect, click here.