U.S. Magistrate Judge Linda R. Anderson
An FJC survey of federal judges last year made it clear that Magistrate Judges are interested in educational outreach to their communities. To act on these findings, and to support the FMJA's civics education and outreach mission, I have come across a variety of resources that require only a 30-minute review before going into the courtroom and assuming our role as judges. As the AO’s National Outreach Manager Rebecca Fanning puts it: “With these programs and resources, you just add a Judge and stir.” Here is a list of links to courtroom simulations, activities, videos, and podcasts posted in the Educational Resources section of uscourts.gov and in the Educational Outreach section of JNet. The Federal Bar Association has also sorted the U.S. Court's educational materials by program length and that information is available here.
Civics Education Resources Supporting Judges in Their Communities
Resources Appropriate For: High school students in courtrooms and classrooms; teachers at teachers institutes; post-secondary school students, members of adult community organizations, and lifelong learners/senior citizens in courthouses or at offsite venues.