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Clark County teacher plays a dramatic role In Nevada’s Law Day events
Tuesday, 03 May 2011 08:05
LAW DAY 2011 – The Legacy of John Adams

A high school teacher in Clark County will play a major role in this year’s Law Day activities – “role” being the key word here.

eff Hinton, Social Studies Department Leader at Northwest Career & Technical Academy, regularly dresses in period costumes to portray historic figures for his students.  For the Nevada judiciary’s Law Day celebrations, he will wear American Revolution-era garb to portray John Adams, the second president of the United States.

The theme for Law Day 2011, as set by the American Bar Association, is The Legacy of John Adams – from Boston to Guantanamo.   

Hinton will portray John Adams as a panelist for Nevada’s signature Law Day event, Law Day Live on May 5 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. and will use his teaching skills to provide a historic perspective while other panelists address contemporary issues of access to justice for Guantanamo detainees.

(NOTE TO MEDIA: Jeff Hinton is available for interviews and will appear in costume to discuss Law Day Live and John Adams.  Early mornings or mid-afternoon into the evenings are best.  Contact Bill Gang at the Nevada Supreme Court for information)

Law Day Live is an innovative interactive Internet forum connecting panels in courtrooms in Carson City, Las Vegas, and Winnemucca through video links, along with a special panelist from Washington, D.C.  Hinton will be at the Supreme Court courtroom in Las Vegas.

“Jeff Hinton is uniquely qualified not only to portray John Adams during our Law Day Live event, but to respond to questions about John Adams historic defense of the British soldiers charged in the Boston Massacre in 1770,” said Nevada Supreme Court Justice Nancy Saitta, who chairs the Court’s Judicial Public Information Committee.  “His knowledge of historic events during revolutionary times is impressive, to say the least, and will add an educational element other panelists simply cannot provide.”

Long before he became the nation’s second president, John Adams advocated for the rights of those accused of crimes to have legal representation.  His defense of the nine British charged in the Boston Massacre was controversial and unpopular given the political mood of the day, but he won acquittals for seven of the nine once the facts became clear.

Today, access to justice and the right to legal representation are again in controversy because of the prisoners being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Law Day Live, which can be viewed live on the Supreme Court website (www.nevadajudiciary.us), will begin with the showing of a half hour film The Response about military tribunals for the Guantanamo detainees.

The film’s writer and producer, Sig Libowitz, will then join the Nevada panelists through a video link from Washington, D.C.

Law Day Live is being utilized as an educational tool for students around the state, who will be able to participate by asking questions or commenting through Twitter and Facebook links. 

Dozens of high school and middle school students will attend Law Day Live in person at the three Nevada locations.

Justice Saitta will moderate the event from the Supreme Court courtroom in Las Vegas.   Justice James W. Hardesty will head the panel in the Supreme Court’s Carson City courtroom.  Sixth Judicial District Judge Michael Montero will lead the forum in Winnemucca, in Humboldt County in north-central Nevada.

Information about Law Day is available on the Supreme Court website, including Twitter and Facebook addresses and promotional videos of Hinton portraying John Adams.


Jeff Hinton is a passionate and accomplished U.S. history teacher who has been teaching for nine years all in the Clark County School District. After receiving an honorable discharge from the United States Marine Corps, Jeff earned graduate education and history degrees from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Jeff is currently the social studies department chair at the Northwest Career and Technical Academy. 

Jeff has been honored with several teaching awards including the Nevada Women’s History Project Teacher of the Year, Gilder Lehrman Nevada History Teacher of the Year, Nevada Daughters of the American Revolution History Teacher of the Year and the James Madison Graduate Fellowship.

Jeff’s commitment to his students and their learning can best be seen in the myriad projects and creative approaches to historical lessons. Jeff believes that history should be “hands on” and works hard to create interactive lessons that ignite student’s curiosity as well as immerses them in history.

One of the ways he does this through historical reenactments taking on the persona of historical figures to include costumes and period props. Currently Jeff has a repertoire of over twenty characters including John Adams, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain, Theodore Roosevelt, Albert Einstein, and many more. Jeff was recently featured in the Las Vegas Sun for his creative approach to teaching http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2011/mar/01/teacher-resurrecting-past-give-our-students-future/ 

He is married and has three children.


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