Thursday, March 21, 2013

'Power Lunch’ for Students in Los Angeles

 The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California packs a lot into a short amount of time with its "Federal Court Power Lunch," a 90-minute program that allows judges, attorneys and court staff to closely interact with a small group of students and teachers. The lunches take place in the Roybal Federal Building in downtown Los Angeles. The most recent event, held March 15, 2013, involved some 30 students from New Designs Charter School and equal number of judges and attorneys. Bankruptcy Judge Sandra Klein served as emcee and made introductions. Guest speakers were U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte, Jr., and Bankruptcy Judge Mark Houle. The program also included a session of a "Jeopardy" game dealing with legal subjects.

Los Angeles Police Department cadets also participated in a power lunch on October 5, 2012. That program focused on the roles and responsibilities of judges and attorneys, the conduct of trials, the Bill of Rights, and the three branches of government. Students also played the "Jeopardy" game.

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