On May 1, students gather in the Judicial Council boardroom for Law Day.
The event was attended by more than 100 students, educators, members of the local and state Bar, and the California courts.
Law Day events are conducted each May 1 to help youth and adults understand the legal system and their third branch of government.
A brief video about the Judicial Council was shown to orient the students on the type of work conducted by the policy-making body of the California courts.
view video: http://youtu.be/QEsLORU8DSU
Supreme Court Clerk Frank McGuire served as an instructor and provided a primer on the California Courts.
Students from nearby University of California, Hastings College of the Law, attended the event. Many serve as mentors to high school and middle school students
Moving from the Judicial Council boardroom to the Supreme Court Clerk's Office, participants took in the artwork on display in the complex named after former Chief Justice Ronald M. George.
Supreme Court Clerk Frank McGuire invited students to enter the Clerk's Office before heading upstairs to the Supreme Court Courtroom.
Programs in hand, students from local high schools line up for court security.
School outreach events supporting the Chief Justice's "Your Constitution: The Power of Democracy" civics campaign have brought more students into the Supreme Court courtroom, including De Anza High School.
California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu welcomed students to the courtroom and introduced the Chief Justice.
The Chief Justice spoke on the national theme for Law Day, “Realizing the Dream,” which celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation issued by President Abraham Lincoln.
Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye presents the state law academies with the 2013 Chief Justice Award for Exemplary Service and Leadership.
See video: http://youtu.be/WGQGi8d9SfI?t=5s
Ruthe Ashley, Chair of the California Law Academy Strategic Task Force, speaks on the concept and importance of law academies in schools.
Students attending from San Francisco's Gateway Middle School stand on the floor of the Supreme Court Courtroom with the Chief Justice and Justice Goodwin Liu.
The Chief Justice thanked law school students who have dedicated their time as volunteer mentors at local law academies.
Judges, attorneys, law students, paralegals and other legal staff volunteer as law academy mentors. Mentors are vital to the success of any law academy program and the success of every student.
Jayne Salinger, pictured left, is the Diversity Pipeline programs director for the San Francisco Bar Association and stands with students from Academy of Arts & Sciences High School students.
More on the SF Bar program: http://www.sfbar.org/diversity/pipeline_programs.aspx
40 De Anza High School students attended the Law Day event with their teachers and school principal. Their Law Academy sponsor, Ruthe Ashley, accepted an award from the Chief Justice on behalf of the state's law academies.
At the end of the program, the Chief Justice asked those representing non-profit, bar association, and state education organizations to stand for a photo and commended them on their dedication to civics learning in California.
To learn more about this annual event, visit http://www.lawday.org