Judges in the Classroom
Since 1993, classrooms
of students often
take a fieldtrip to the
courthouse to participate
in mock trials or
to hear presentations
on the federal judicial
system, federal jurisdiction
and the law. Alternatively, various
judges have traveled to local elementary, middle
and high schools to give these presentations.
The judges who participate in this program
strive to help and encourage students to embrace
the concepts of justice and responsibility,
to clarify for them the roles of the individual
within a free society, to familiarize the students
with career opportunities within the legal system,
and to convey the message that students
who work hard in school will achieve success.
if we can
provide a positive influence, even in a small way, that leads to
the success of students in our schools, we will have the
satisfaction of knowing that our entire community will
reap benefits in the future and our efforts will have
Credit Abuse Resistance
The San Diego Bankruptcy Court sponsors the Credit
Abuse Resistance Education ("CARE") Program to
teach financial literacy to young adults using an
interactive presentation with videos to teach about
budgeting, savings, student loans, credit cards and
other financial issues arising in every day life. Besides
participating in the Open Doors to the Court program,
CARE Program volunteers travel to high schools and
other youth groups around San Diego.
Open Doors to the Court
Open Doors to the Federal
Courts is a national program
which welcomes thousands of
students into local federal
courthouses around the country.
The objective is to bring
high school students, teachers,
judges, court staff, and
lawyers together to enhance public knowledge and
understanding of the federal court system. The program
is intended for high school seniors who have
studied civics or United States government. These
students and their teachers are invited into the courthouse
to participate in a program offered each spring.
"Children At Risk: State v. Andy Adams & Beth Baker"
Download Training Material for Mock Trial Videotape
Developed by: Children At Risk Committee San Diego County Bar Association
Distributed by: Office of the Circuit Executive United States Courts for the Ninth Circuit.
Writen materials prepared by: Karen Hughes, Jilien Rubin, & Elizabeth Sitnick
This videotape is protected by copyright. Unauthorized duplication is probhited.
Include an overview of the history of the buildings, architecture, and artwork.
Download our Community Outreach Brochure for more information.
Other Program Resources & Information
Judicial Institute for High School Teachers
An annual 3 day workshop where teachers get an opportunity to discuss constitutional issues with federal judges, observe courtroom proceedings, and gain a better understanding of the role of the judiciary in our country’s government.
iCivics Institute for Junior High and Middle School Teachers
A 3 day workshop which is based on the iCivics program initiated by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. This program includes courtroom visits, sessions with judges and legal professionals, and interaction with fellow educators.
Constitution In Action
judge or group of attorneys explain(s) how the Bill of Rig
Community Outreach Programs Coordinator
The Southern District of California has long recognized the benefit of opening its doors for the purpose of offering educational programs to the public. In September, 2009, the
Court created a Community Outreach Programs Committee to coordinate the Court’s various outreach efforts.
Below attached are links to brochures and information regarding some of the programs currently offered in the Southern District of California