Constitution Day DVD and Lesson Plan
In celebration of Constitution Day, some 250 middle and high schools received free DVDs and lesson plans based on the fictional trial of The People v. Goldie Locks. Local students act out Ms. Goldie Locks’ arrest, questioning, and trial with Superior Court Judge Tam Nomoto Schumann presiding. The story highlights privileges guaranteed by the Bill of Rights, such as the right to an impartial jury, the right to have the assistance of counsel for defense, and the presumption of innocence.
The Superior Court of California, County of Orange collaborated with the Orange County Department of Education and the Orange County Bar Foundation to produce and distribute the educational package. As a result of Federal legislation passed in 2004, the California Education Code directs public schools to commemorate Constitution Day by providing “instruction in the purpose, meaning, and importance of the Constitution of the United States, including the Bill of Rights.” Constitution Day is celebrated annually on September 17.
These entertaining and informative materials are available on the Court’s Student Resource Center on the Web at http://education.occourts.org/constitution.asp.
Constitution Day Conference
The Superior Court of California, County of Orange is also participating in the Constitutional Rights Foundation of Orange County’s inaugural Constitution Day Conference on Monday, September 17 at Chapman University in Orange, 9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. California Assemblyman Todd Spitzer is the keynote speaker in the Chapman Auditorium. Workshops follow on the three branches of government – the executive, the legislative, and the judicial – and how they work together to provide checks and balances. About 300 middle and high school students are registered to attend.
Superior Court Judges Randall J. Sherman and Karen L. Robinson, California Court of Appeal Justice William F. Rylaarsdam, and Massachusetts Superior Court Judge Richard Chin are workshop panelists. Additional panelists include California Assemblyman Michael Duvall, Orange County Supervisor Janet Nguyen, and Newport Beach Mayor Steve Rosansky. At the closing session, U.S. District Court Judge Andrew J. Guilford will preside as the chief justice at a mock Supreme Court hearing based on the 1803 U.S. Supreme Court case that established the power of judicial review, Marbury v. Madison. Students will be recruited to participate as panelists for the hearing.
Court Release #022-07