Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Learning Over Lunch
On May 14, 2013, Senior District Judge Jeffrey T. Miller of the United States Disrict Court for the Southern District of California had lunch with 10 students he had met at the naturalization ceremony he presided over on April 24, 2013. At the naturalization ceremony, the eighth grade students spoke before a crowd of several thousand people on the topic of the American Dream. Judge Miller was so impressed with the poise of the students and the content of their speeches that he invited them to a brown bag lunch in his courtroom to discuss the federal court system. The students came fully prepared to make the most of this rare opportunity to ask questions directly of a federal judge in an informal setting. They spent two hours discussing the court system, discussing a hypothetical legal issue and asking general questions.