On Feb 6, the Supreme Court of California welcomes more than 100 students and teachers from Sacramento’s C.K. McClatchy High School’s Law and Public Policy Academy.
The class fills the courtroom to full capacity to observe oral arguments in two cases.
Students of the Law and Public Policy Academy study the history of the legal system. On this day, they'll learn about the history of the state's highest court, including the history of the courtroom.
Frank McGuire, Clerk of the Supreme Court, explains the order in which the justices enter the courtroom.
"All rise!" The students rise as the justices make their way into the courtroom.
The visit is part of a month-long program by Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye to raise awareness about the importance of civics education to our society. The Chief Justice, pictured center, is a graduate of McClatchy High School.
Following the oral arguments, the Chief Justice meets with students for questions and answers and shares with them her experience as a student, including her path to law school.
McClatchy students took part in a video in production by the Administrative Office of the Courts that promotes civics learning.
This is a wonderful opportunity for the kids,” said Bennae Dillingham, Coordinator of the Law and Public Policy Academy. “Being in the courtroom during the oral arguments will allow them to learn firsthand about the important work of the Supreme Court and expose them to the broad range of careers within the field of law.”