New Orleans, LA− As part of its ongoing “Judges in the Classroom” initiative, the Louisiana Supreme Court Justices welcomed students from Tulane University School of Law to the Supreme Court to witness oral arguments presented to the Court. The students, who were joined by Tulane Law School Dean David Meyer, are from Justice Scott J. Crichton’s Contemporary Issues in Legal Ethics class. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, law students as well as students throughout the state frequently visited the Royal Street courthouse in the French Quarter to watch oral arguments in person. Due to COVID-19 safety protocols exercised by the court, this viewing took place via the Louisiana Supreme Court livestream. The students were privy to view four lawyer disciplinary cases – three on docket for the morning session and one scheduled on the afternoon session. Chief Justice Weimer stated, “The Supreme Court’s priority is always adherence to justice; having students view oral arguments and seeing the law interpreted is an example of how our statewide judges in the classroom/students in the courtroom efforts can influence future generations of lawyers, judges and public servants. I applaud Justice Crichton and encourage judges statewide to teach students of all ages be they law students, college, or high school, so they have a sound understanding of the judiciary.”A four year instructor of the ethics class, which he teaches one evening a week, Justice Crichton stated, “I share Chief Justice Weimer’s passion for teaching and education, and enjoy providing learning opportunities to all grade levels of students,” Justice Crichton continued. “As part of the law school ethics class, I believe watching these arguments provides invaluable real-life examples of the lawyer disciplinary process in action. The Contemporary Issues in Legal Ethicsclass, is an advanced course primarily designed for 3L law students who have taken the basic lawyer ethics course.” The Judges in the Classroom/Students in the Courtroom initiative is a passion for Chief Justice Weimer, a former teacher himself. The Supreme Court has also partnered with Board of Elementary Secondary Education (BESE) in expanding the program and engaging Louisiana students with facts and information about our state’s judicial system and to improve civic education throughout the state of Louisiana. Justice Crichton and Chief Justice Weimer are deeply involved in the Judges Imparting Knowledge, Education, and Skills Task Force. The Judges Imparting Knowledge, Education, and Skills Task Force was launched in 2021 with the objective of creating partnerships by encouraging judges to connect with their local elementary, middle, and high schools to promote a better understanding of the law and the judiciary through the "Judges in the Classroom" program. The statewide program involves regular participation by district judges in classroom discussions and opens courthouse doors for class visits, mock trials, and courtroom presentations. The program enhances the efforts of the 2001 “Judges in the Classroom” program spearheaded by then-4th JDC Judge Benjamin Jones. For more information visit lasc.org or contact Louisiana Supreme Court Public Information Specialist/Coordinator Trina S. Vincent at firstname.lastname@example.org or (504) 310-2590
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The Louisiana Supreme Court Justices welcomed students from Tulane University School of Law to the Supreme Court to witness oral arguments presented to the Court.
Posted: Mar 25, 2021 3:29 PM
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