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Two classes of third graders from the Las Vegas Day School held mock trials in Judge Jennifer Togliatti’s courtroom. The first class put fairy-tale sweetheart Goldilocks on trial for bad manners. Junior attorneys called witnesses including the entire Bear family and presented evidence including Baby Bear’s broken chair. A jury of her peers took copious notes, deliberated and found the accused guilty. Goldilocks was cuffed.

The second class heard the case against the Big Bad Wolf, who now goes by B. B. Wolf. An expert witness and others testified against the wolf who claimed he was just paying a visit to a friend.

The mock trials are a fun way for young students to learn about the justice system and get a feel for legal careers.

 

 

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Four fourth grade classes from Liliam Lujan Hickey Elementary School experienced justice in action at the Eighth Judicial District Court in early April. They  also got a view on where life-choices lead when they sat in on actual criminal calendars and saw judges, court employees and attorneys perform their jobs. They watched defendants in various stages of their cases, including sentencing. After viewing the calendar, students asked judges questions about  what they saw, and how and why it works that way. The Q&A session was followed by a mock trial of Harry Potter, who was charged with misappropriation of magic. The school visits are part of a new joint program between nonprofit agency Project Real, the District Court and schools.

District Court Judge Doug Herndon envisioned this mock trial program. He wrote the script to provide a fun and interesting method for young students to learn about the justice system. The activities promote the importance of education, highlight potential legal careers and demonstrate the outcome of bad choices. “This program is a good way for young students to see the legal profession in action. When they watch actual court proceedings, they see the unfortunate consequences of criminal activity,” said Judge Herndon. “The mock trials give the students a way to relate to and understand the justice system, and see career roles that they may want to consider in the future.”

Project REAL, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, was founded in 2005 by Sam Lionel and Irwin Molasky to meet the challenge of teaching K-12th grade Nevada students the importance of the law. They have taught over 160,000 Nevada students about the importance of the law with the goal of preparing them to be informed, law-abiding and participating citizens through their programs Your Day in Court, Play By the Rules, REAL Drama, and Independence & You. For more information from Project REAL, please contact Program Director Mike Kamer at mkamer@projectrealnv.org, call 702.703.6529, or visit http://projectrealnv.org.

The mock trial program is intended to contrast the view of careers in the justice system against the choice to get involved in criminal activity. This collaboration between the courts, Project Real and Hickey Elementary School involved a lot of work on the part of the judges and their departments in District Court, Project Real, and the teachers. Thanks to the many people who helped to make it come together so that the students could benefit from a real-world perspective.

 

 

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Judge Kathleen Delaney had a fifth grade class from St. Viator’s sit in on her calendar. After watching the wheels of justice turn in the courtroom, the wheels in the students’ minds were turning. They asked the judge some very thoughtful questions. One student got a big laugh when he asked the judge if she ever got frustrated with what happens in court.

Students from the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law spent part of their spring break in an alternative program where they learn about the practice of law and the courts. They sat in on court, attended a judges meeting and got some Q&A time in with the judges.

District Court is involved in a number of initiatives to educate students about the justice system.

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Advanced Technologies Academy (A-TECH) seniors looked and acted the parts of lawyers, engineers and other professionals when they did their capstone project before District Court Judge Joanna Kishner on Apr. 20.

Students from the legal studies program served as the attorneys in the case, while students from the business management and administration, architectural drafting and design, and engineering programs served as expert witnesses and defendants. A-Tech’s community partners and school staff  served as jurors.

The mock case centered around what was intended to be a fun-filled train trip with a marriage proposal. But things turned bad for the couple John and Jennifer. Jennifer sued the train company for inadequate security, inadequate staff training, and inadequate evacuation procedures. Architects and designers were dragged into the suit which resulted in a challenging capstone project for the A-TECH seniors with majors in law, business management and administration, architectural drafting and design.

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Senior students from the Advanced Technologies Academy (A-TECH) will do a mock trial before Eighth Judicial District Court Judge Joanna Kishner on Apr. 20 at 9 a.m. at the Eighth Judicial District Court, in the Regional Justice Center, Courtroom 12B. The case that centers around a party train trip gone bad for a young couple, is the senior class capstone project and they will be judged on how much they learned this year.

Students from the legal studies program will serve as the attorneys in the case, while students from the business management and administration, architectural drafting and design, and engineering programs will serve as expert witnesses and defendants. A-TECH’s community partners and school staff will act as members of the jury. Advanced Technologies Academy advisory board members will help facilitate the mock trial and participate as jurors.

“This capstone project gives Clark County students real-world knowledge of a courtroom. It’s conducted in a manner similar to a real trial and offers the kind of experience students at law schools get. I’ve presided over these mock trials for three years; each year, I am impressed with the level of professionalism the A-TECH students demonstrate,” said Judge Kishner. “The work they put in and their presentations are a credit to the students and the teachers.”

The mock case centers around what was intended to be a fun-filled train trip with a marriage proposal. But things turn bad for the couple John and Jennifer. Jennifer sues the train company for inadequate security, inadequate staff training, and inadequate evacuation procedures. Architects and designers get dragged into the suit which results in a challenging capstone project for the A-TECH seniors with majors in law, business management and administration, architectural drafting and design.

Assisting with mock trials is one of many youth educational opportunities the District Court offers. The goal of the Eighth Judicial District Court is to continue to reach out, inform and serve the community as a partner and ensure access to justice. For more information about the Nevada Eighth Judicial District Court, please visit our website at clarkcountycourts.us, Facebook at Clark County Courts, or Twitter at M Price@LasVegasCourts..

 

 

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