Sunday, November 28, 2004

CA Supreme Court in San Diego schools

This strikes me as a very good idea:

On Dec. 7 and 8, the justices [of the California Supreme Court] will sit in session at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice at the University of San Diego. The event will be held in conjunction with the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the USD School of Law.

... The session also is being billed as the largest collaborative public education event in the state court's history. That's because teams of lawyers and judges will be leading discussions of the cases at 15 local high schools and USD's law school.

The session also is part of a larger goal of Chief Justice Ronald George to make the court more accessible to residents.

I don't know if other state Supreme Courts do this, but they should. If government officials -- elected or otherwise -- came to schools more often, we would certainly have a more informed electorate.

It's one type of lesson to tell students about government; it's a whole different ballgame when they can actually see it in action.


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