“Mock trial helps students learn more about the legal system”

This most gratifying article in the Jackson Hole Star-Tribune details how Wyoming paralegal students are showing fifth-graders how the U.S. legal system works:

"With a polite but stern tone, fifth-grader Jacob Colman interrupted Robert Novak, reminding him to just answer yes or no.

"Dressed in a dark blue suit like a miniature lawyer, Colman again asked the question to Novak on the witness stand.

"’Well…,’ Novak said.

"’Just answer yes or no please,’ said Colman, 11, once again interrupting the adult.

"The exchange Thursday was part of a mock trial Casper College’s paralegal department held with fifth-graders from St. Anthony’s Tri-Parish School as part of a service learning project. The students from both schools, parents and faculty acted out the case in U.S. District Judge William Downes‘ courtroom after a semester’s worth of preparation.

"’You really learn by teaching,’ said Mary Kubichek, who has been organizing mock trials for more than 10 years as director of the college’s paralegal program."

One Reply to ““Mock trial helps students learn more about the legal system””

  1. hee hee, maybe some of these ten year olds can teach us all I thing or two. Would’ve been good to be there and to see how Novak reacted.

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