Activities Leave Teachers Asking for More Time at Courthouse

Translator informs fellow student that she is being charged with the theft of an iPad
Even though District Court Clerk and local coordinator Sharon Mauler planned two full hours of activities, teacher sponsors said they would have liked even more time for their students to experience Law Day Job Shadowing!
 
Students from Kearney’s Meadlowlark and Pleasanton elementary schools first heard about the court systems from Judge William Wright. 
 
Then, they experienced a mock trial conducted entirely in Spanish.  Court Interpreter Robert Roos acted as the judge in a case in which a student was accused of stealing an iPad but was not able to understand the charge.

It was not until the charge was presented in English by a translator did the accused know what was happening.  This trial demonstration provided a poignant lesson on the need for interpreters in Nebraska courtrooms.
Judge William Wright describes the court system  


Rounding out the morning’s schedule, Judge John Rademacher and local attorneys Shawn Eatherton, Steve Lowe, Nichole Mailahn, John Marsh, and Nathan Bruner took groups of students on a tour of the courthouse.  

Mauler also arranged for the following courthouse personnel to interact with the students:  Dolly Morett, Spanish speaking attorney for mock trial; and Andrea Towler and Dan Scamehorn, Deputy Sheriffs and Courthouse Security.  
Ana Gamboa, Juanita Alonso, and Mayra Ortiz, students from the University of Nebraska – Kearney, also assisted with the Buffalo County Law Day celebration.