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It’s hard to get and keep the attention of a class of fourth graders. Judge Tierra Jones and Judge Eric Johnson kept the attention of two fourth grade classes from Grant M. Bowler Elementary School in Logandale, NV and taught them some valuable lessons on the justice system when they put on a mock trial in District Court. The mini legal eagles got into their roles as judges, jurors, attorneys, witnesses and marshals in a trial to determine if legendary wizard Harry Potter was guilty of the misuse of magic. After hearing the testimony with built in hints on how courts work, the fourth grader found Potter not-guilty. The students peered into the holding cell which gave them a stark view of what happens to those who get caught in the justice system.

Two more classes from Grant M. Bowler will visit the court on Friday, Nov. 16 from 9:30 a.m. to noon.  Judge Kerry Earley in courtroom 12D  and Judge Adrianna Escobar will host the mock trials.

The mock trials are a cooperative effort between the Nevada Eighth Judicial District Court, nonprofit agency Project REAL and the school. In preparation for the student mock trials, Project REAL provides teachers lessons to convey the roles and processes of a criminal trial. The students get an immersive, real-world learning experience, with the benefit of Project Real classroom lessons to set the stage for better understanding. The students embark on their journey through the justice system with the legal terms and other information provided in the classroom sessions.

District Court Judge Doug Herndon envisioned the mock trial program. He wrote the script involving Harry Potter 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.

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.

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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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Four third grade classes will try Goldilocks and the Big Bad Wolf during two days of mock trials before District Court Judge Jennifer Togliatti on May 10 at noon and 1 p.m., and May 11 at noon and 1 p.m. in courtroom 10C at the Regional Justice Center, 200 Lewis Ave.

Big Bad Wolf is scheduled to testify in the case on how his legendary bluster allegedly got out of hand. Goldilocks, charged with breaking and entering and robbery, will also take the stand in her own defense, sporting her trademark golden curls. The third graders from Las Vegas Day School, will wear costumes, act out roles and make their case in a real courtroom.

The court has been involved with doing mock trials as a way to teach students at early age about the justice system and what good and bad choices lead to. “These mock trials  will be a fun way to get third graders thinking about the justice system, their choices and about potential careers,” said Judge Togliatti. “It’s never too early to get children thinking about these things; they are lessons that will stay with them for a long time, and hopefully have a positive influence on them.”

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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.

Check out the YouTube video https://youtu.be/CDZpjl-r4aw

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Fourth grade students from The Meadows School will learn the basics of criminal trials when they serve as judge,  jury, lawyers and witnesses for the misappropriation of magic mock case on Tuesday, Apr. 5 at 10:30 a.m. at the Eighth Judicial District Court, in the Regional Justice Center, Courtroom 16C.          

The accused, is renowned master of magic Harry Potter, who will be lawyered-up with  top-notch student defense attorneys. The role of judge will be filled by students as well, with a little help from District Court Judge Douglas Herndon

“I have been doing mock trials with students for years and it has proven to be a fun and effective way to educate them about the justice system.” said Judge Herndon. “The students get an education on the law and how important it is in every one of our lives. If young people understand the law, they may be less likely to get on the wrong side of it.

Judge Herndon will also host eighth grade classes on Apr. 12th and Apr. 14th at 10:30 a.m. for mock trials with a plot that Lee Harvey Oswald was not killed and instead goes on trial for the murder of President John F. Kennedy.

 

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DSC_0269B.B. Wolf took the stand and told a harrowing tale of a boiling pot at the bottom of chimney; a trap set by the Little Pig for Wolf who was just trying to help a friend out. That story set the stage for the Las Vegas Day School third grade mock trial B.B. Wolf v Three Little Pigs in the courtroom of real District Court Judge Jennifer Togliatti. The kids got a real feel of how justice works by serving as plaintiff, defendant, attorneys, judge, jurors, witnesses, marshal and even media.

After hearing the evidence from both sides, the jurors deliberated and found the little pig guilty of attempted murder. Not only did they learn how the justice system works, they learned if you have to go to court, be sure to get a good lawyer.

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