We The People

This landmark program, co-sponsored by the Center for Civic Education, engages upper elementary, middle and high school students in a curriculum designed to foster understanding of the institutions of American democracy, including the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

The culminating activity is a simulated congressional hearing in which students “testify” (while they test their knowledge and confidence) before a panel of volunteer attorneys, educators and civic leaders. Click here for the link to the 2014-15 We the People Hearing questions posted by the Center for Civic Education. Click here to register your team.

2014-15 Schedule for We the People events:
January 6 – We the People Region 1 Competition at Lake Oswego High School
January 8 – We the People Region 2 Competition in Eugene at the Wayne Morse Federal Courthouse
January 17 – We the People State Finals (Portland at the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse)
January 17 – We the People Observational Workshop (at the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse)
April 26-28 – We the People National Finals (Washington, D.C.)
May 21 – We the People Day at the State Capitol in Salem

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IMPORTANT: We receive no funding from the Federal or State for We the People programs. In spite of this, Classroom Law Project is committed to quality civic education in the classroom and We the People is part of that.  CLP is funded through a variety of sources – including friends like you. Click here if you would like to support Classroom Law Project and We the People with a tax-deductible donation today. We will continue to support the WTP program with:

  1. professional development,
  2. classroom support, and
  3. regional and state competitions for high school.

We the People High School Competition

Each January, the acclaimed We the People competition brings together high school teams from around the state. As of 2014, ALL HIGH SCHOOL TEAMS MUST REGISTER TO PARTICIPATE IN THE COMPETITIONS.

Students demonstrate their understanding of constitutional principles and have opportunities to evaluate, take positions and ultimately defend those positions on relevant historical and contemporary issues during a simulated congressional hearing. Regional competitions in Portland and Eugene precede the state final, which determines the team that will represent Oregon at the national competition in Washington, D.C. The 2015 We the People Region 1 competition will be on January 6 in Lake Oswego, and Region 2 competition will be on January 8 in Eugene.  The state competition will be on January 17 in Portland at the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse. The national finals will be on April 26-28 in Washington D.C. CLICK HERE to register.

We the People Coaches’ Workshop

We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution
Saturday, October 18

Workshop participants reviewed the state hearing questions with Hon. Susan Leeson, co-author of the highly acclaimed We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution high school textbook. Stay tuned for announcements about the next We the People Coaches’ Workshop.

Results of the 2014 We the People High School Competition

At the 2014 We the People State Competition, six teams from around the state faced panels of judges who quizzed students on the content, history, influence and flexibility of the Constitution. There were 36 state and federal judges, constitutional scholars, and other civic leaders. 

The schools finished in the following order:

  • First Place: Lincoln High School
  • Second Place: Grant High School
  • Third Place: Franklin  High School
  • Fourth Place: Lake Oswego High School
  • Fifth place: Central Catholic High School
  • Sixth place: Sisters High School

View photos from the 2014 We the People State Competition. The password is “CLP2014″ and is case-sensitive. 

Thank you to all of the judges who joined us at the Regional and State We the People Competitions!

View the 2014 We the People hearing questions at the Center for Civic Education website by clicking here

Previous We the People State Competition Winners

Click to View Past Winners!

Check Out These We the People Videos! 

Click to Watch Videos of the 2012 We the People National Champtions - Lincoln High School
Watch this Explanation of the We the People Competition!

Non-Competitive

High School – students who would like to participate in We the People, but aren’t quite ready for competition, also have an opportunity to showcase their constitutional knowledge.  Demonstration Hearings are held during your district’s competition.

Elementary & Middle School – On We the People Day (May 21, 2015) 5th-8th grade students have the opportunity to present We the People simulated congressional hearings to a panel of legislators, civic leaders and members of the State Champion We the People team at the State Capitol Building in Salem.

Click here for more information about We the People Day at the Capitol.