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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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News headlines depict a student body facing unprecedented challenges and trauma.  The Establishing Trauma Informed Schools Summit that was held April 13 offered training to Clark County School District (CCSD) and charter school personnel, staff and teachers, as well as law enforcement and court personnel to effectively handle suicide prevention, counter violence and extremism, serve as a trusted adult, recognize risk factors of those who may be suicidal and to handle the aftermath appropriately.

More than 250 attended the summit that featured speakers including:  Eighth Judicial District Court Judge William Voy,  Richard Egan, Office of Suicide Prevention, Denise Parker, Department of Family Services, Richard Egan, Office of Suicide Prevention, Cesar Lemos, Director/Department of Juvenile Justice, Jae Beasley, Federal Bureau of Investigations, and Joe Roberts, CCSD Threat Assessments.

It is recognized that trauma affects brain development, the body, behaviors, thinking, self-concept and relationships. Research indicates that one out of every four children attending school has been exposed to a traumatic event that can affect learning and/or behavior. The goal with trauma-informed schools is to help children feel safe so they can learn. The idea is that social and emotional well being have to be addressed to remove stress and facilitate the learning process.

Attendees were given information and tools including:

A first-responders’ checklist.

Children’s responses to traumatic incidences.

Development stages affect how children interpret their fear and how they experience traumatic reaction to death.

Developmental Issues of Grieving Children and How to Help.

The summit was hosted by: the Office of Suicide Prevention, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department , the Eighth Judicial District Court , the Clark County School District  and the Charter School Association of Nevada.

 

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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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EJDC Judges Rebecca Burton, Frank Sullivan and Cynthia Giuliani volunteered their time and experience to preside over mock trial competition.

Local high school students faced-off in an intense mock trial competition before actual District Court Judges Rebecca Burton, Cynthia Giuliani and Frank Sullivan. The judges volunteered their time and experience to preside over the competition. They gave the young legal eagles some valuable, real-world insight in round-one of mock trial competitions that lead up to a regional challenge.

The District Court Family Division hosted the Fourth Annual Faith Lutheran Mock Trial Competition on Jan. 7.  Six teams totaling almost 50 students participated. The 27 students that earned highest scores will make up the Faith Lutheran Mock Trial teams that will move on to the regional competition on Feb. 11 at the Regional Justice Center.

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