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Virtual classroom high school students visit Jefferson City to learn about state and federal court systems

Students at the Christopher Bond Courthouse

The Missouri Bar Citizenship Education Program and the Federal District Court of Western Missouri recently hosted more than 130 high school students at the Christopher Bond Courthouse in Jefferson City. The students, enrolled in University of Missouri High School, which is an accredited virtual and international high school program also known as Mizzou K-12, traveled to the capital city to learn about the dual court systems as part of a three-week career enrichment camp at the university.

Hon. Matt J. Whitworth, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri, talked to the students about the federal justice system, while Millie Aubur, director of the state bar’s Citizenship Education Program, explained Missouri’s court system. The students participated in a directed discussion about juveniles and Miranda rights as well as played plaintiffs, defendants, lawyers and judges during mock trial hearings based on actual civil cases from Missouri.

Several volunteer attorneys were also on hand to assist with the project, including Alana Barragan-Scott, Cameron Beaver, Elizabeth Hatting, Melissa Manda and Elizabeth Russell.

Students at the Christopher Bond Courthouse

The Missouri Bar Citizen Education Program provides extensive support for classroom learning about the law, the legal system and our courts. From lesson plans to teacher workshops, The Missouri Bar is committed to helping teachers throughout Missouri understand and explain the law. The Missouri Bar Citizenship Education program will come to public, private and parochial schools to do an in-service for teachers on a variety of law related education, civics and government topics.

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