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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish (In Memoriam)

City of Portland Commissioner

phone: 503-823-3589


1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

Another Year of "We the People"

January 6, 2017

Yesterday, Nick was honored to serve as a judge for the Classroom Law Project’s annual “We the People” competition.

Founded in 1987, "We the People" engages students across the country in learning about the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the underpinnings of American democracy.

The competition is a simulated Congressional hearing where high school students test their knowledge before a panel of civic leaders, attorneys, and teachers. 

Nick judged a section of the competition where students debated the role of Congress and the limitations of the legislative branch.

Later in the evening, Nick gave the keynote. He talked about the importance of the Constitution and being an engaged citizen during these uncertain times. He shared examples from our country’s history, and reminded students and teachers that the Constitution is the first line of defense against government overreach and tyranny.

You can read his full speech here.

Special thanks to the Classroom Law Project for the event, Lake Oswego High School for hosting, the outstanding students, and their teachers, coaches and parents.