The Center would like to acknowledge the generosity of the American Judges Foundation, which recently gave a grant of $3,500 to support the We the People program. On behalf of the American Judges Foundation, the Foundation’s President for 2016-17, Judge Catherine Shaffer, expressed the AJF’s ongoing warmest wishes and sincere thanks for all the wonderful work We the People does in advancing civic education for our high school students nationwide.
The Center thanks Judge Shaffer and her many colleagues in the American Judges Association and the American Judges Foundation not only for the grant but, more importantly, for the extraordinary services they have rendered over the years as scholars and volunteer judges for the We the People program. Judge Shaffer is a King County Superior Court judge and currently serves as the President Elect of the American Judges Association and the President of the American Judges Foundation. She has a long history as a participant in the We the People program, for years having served as a judge at the Washington State Finals and also as a judge at the National Finals competition.
The American Judges Association is the only judicial organization that represents judges from both Canada and the United States and is the largest judges-only association in the United States. Supporting both civic education and judicial education are the mission of its sister organization, the American Judges Foundation. The AJA’s members include a cross section of state judges from all levels of courts with all levels of jurisdiction, and AJA is well known for its groundbreaking work on procedural fairness and for serving as the “Voice of the Judiciary.”
For additional information please contact John Hale at the Center.