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You be the Judge

The "You be the Judge" video program is a service of the Kansas Bar Association and the Law Related Education Committee. These videos are to assist you as you plan your presentation. The following presentations were given during Celebrate Freedom Week in 2013. To gain full access to these videos, please contact Anne Woods at awoods@ksbar.org or call (785) 861-8838.

 

Terri Bezek

Kansas Court of Appeals, Associate Counsel
Presented at:
Elmont Elementary, Topeka, Kansas

Topics include:

  • What our Constitution does;
  • Happy birthday, U.S. Constitution;
  • We the people; Voting;
  • Three branches of government;
  • What do judges do;
  • Balance of power;
  • U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights; and
  • Questions from students

 

Hon. David Bruns

Kansas Court of Appeals, Judge
Presented at North Fairview Elementary School, Topeka, Kansas

Topics include:

  • Pledge of Allegiance;
  • our country’s birthday;
  • U.S. Constitution;
  • three branches of government;
  • U.S. president/Kansas governor;
  • legislature (House of Representatives/Senate);
  • judicial branch/three types of courts;
  • preamble; and
  • Happy birthday. U.S. Constitution

 

Hon. Cheryl Kingfisher

3rd Judicial District, Judge
Presented at:
Rochester Elementary School, Topeka, Kansas

Topics included:

  • What is the Constitution;
  • what is a pilgrim;
  • England and the colonists;
  • Declaration of Independence;
  • what do judges do;
  • Boston Tea Party;
  • King George/George Washington;
  • people wanted to rule themselves;
  • freedom of speech, religion, ability to make laws, and to assemble;
  • three branches of government;
  • checks and balances;
  • student mini trial (ran a red stoplight case); and
  • courtroom protocol

 

Hon. Nancy Parrish

3rd Judicial District, Judge

Presented at:
Pleasant Hill Elementary School, Topeka, Kansas

Topics included:

  • Cameras in the courtroom;
  • trial court;
  • objection;
  • jury;
  • unanimous verdict;
  • hung jury;
  • mistrial;
  • robe;
  • gavel;
  • U.S. Constitution 1787;
  • Bill of Rights;
  • 27 amendments;
  • three branches of government and balance of power;
  • Kansas statutes;
  • civil/criminal cases; and
  • questions from students

 

Hon. G. Joseph Pierron (Part 1)

Kansas Court of Appeals, Judge

Presented at:
Seaman High School, Topeka, Kansas

Topics include:

  • Three branches of government;
  • search and seizure/Fourth Amendment;
  • writ of certiorari;
  • enforcing the Fourth Amendment in schools;
  • reasonable suspicion/probable cause argument; and
  • drug testing

 

Hon. G. Joseph Pierron (Part 2)

Kansas Court of Appeals, Judge

 Presented at:
Logan Elementary School (Kindergarten), Topeka, Kansas

Topics include:

  • What is a judge;
  • what is a law;
  • judges look after children;
  • what is a gavel;
  • lawyers;
  • robe;
  • courtroom;
  • rules; and
  • education required to be a judge

 

Hon. G. Joseph Pierron (Part 3)

Kansas Court of Appeals, Judge
Presented at:
Logan Elementary School (First Grade), Topeka, Kansas

Topics include:

  • U.S. Constitution;
  • what is a law, judge, and lawyer;
  • education required to be a judge;
  • rules/laws/crimes;
  • questions from students;
  • workman’s compensation;
  • importance of reading and writing;
  • robe; and
  • gavel

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