Sample Introductory Letter to Teachers/Schools/Interested Organizations
The (INSERT NAME OF YOUR ENTITY, e.g., Young Lawyers Division of the [Local Affiliate] Bar
Association) is excited to offer you and your students the opportunity to participate in and learn about the jury
process through the We The Jury project. We The Jury is sponsored by the American Bar Association / Young
Lawyers Division and will be presented nationwide through the ABA/YLD, its local affiliates and other
organizations. We The Jury is a classroom program that incorporates a curriculum guide, a video of a mock
civil and criminal trial, and one to two volunteer attorneys in an effort to educate and inspire students about the
jury system in the United States.
Designed to be interactive and informative, We The Jury will teach students about the creation and evolution of
the jury system throughout history and how the right to trial by jury came to be guaranteed to all American
citizens by the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights. They will develop an understanding of their
role as citizens in the judicial system and an appreciation for their civic duty as jurors. Indeed, voting and jury
service are the two principal ways American citizens directly participate in the democratic process.
The flexible design of the program allows you to structure its implementation into your class in a way that fits
your schedule and provides the maximum educational benefit to your students. The program may begin with a
volunteer attorney coming into your classroom to educate the students about the jury process. Next, the
attorney can voir dire the class; that is, question the students in order to select a jury or juries from the class.
After the jury is selected, the students watch the trial.
You can choose whether you would like to have your class view the civil or criminal trial (via videotape). After
hearing opening statements from the attorneys, all the testimony from the witnesses, closing arguments from the
attorneys, and receiving instructions from the judge, the students are then given a chance to deliberate and reach
a verdict. The curriculum guide contains handouts with background information on the role of a jury in the
United States, a quiz on the role of juries, a jury summons and questionnaire, mock voir dire materials, the oath
of prospective jurors, frequently asked questions regarding jury service, the steps of a jury trial, materials
relating to the two trials on the videotape, and a program evaluation form. These materials can be provided to
the students in advance of the volunteer attorney coming to your classroom.
If you would like to view the curriculum guide, please access the Young Lawyers Division page on the
American Bar Association website via www.abayld.org. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns
about this program, please feel free to contact Renee Lugo, of the American Bar Association, at 312.988.5611
or email@example.com, or (INSERT YOUR LOCAL CONTACT INFORMATION), of (INSERT
YOUR ORGANIZATIONS NAME) , at (INSERT PHONE NUMBER AND/OR EMAIL ADDRESS). We
look forward to bringing We The Jury to you and your students.