Discovering Justice Events

Law Day 2023

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023 | Moakley Courthouse

Law Day at the Moakley Courthouse celebrated a dynamic program for students from fifth grade to law students. On May 3rd Discovering Justice, the Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, and the Federal Bar Association partnered to provide engaging and educational opportunities for over 150 students.

Students participated in Mock Jury Selections, the Bill of Rights Essay Contest celebration, and observed First Circuit oral arguments. In addition, Discovering Justice hosted an interactive scavenger hunt for fifth graders.

During the scavenger hunt, students from the Highlands School in Braintree met with various courthouse representatives. Representatives from the U.S. Probation Office, the U.S. Marshals Office, the United States Attorney’s Office, the First Circuit Library, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, and the Appeals Court for the First Circuit, were present at the scavenger hunt.

Additionally, Court Reporters, Civil Attorneys, Law Clerks, and the U.S. Federal Defender Kyana Givens met with students to discuss their potential legal careers.

“I am grateful that my fifth-grade students were welcomed into the Moakley Courthouse to learn about our justice system. They were thrilled to explore the Courthouse and meet staff from all different courtroom positions. This experience has impacted my students in a positive way and will motivate them to learn more about civics in future grades.”

– Alicia Quinn, 5th Grade Teacher, Highlands School, Braintree Public Schools

Students rotated through each career booth and met courthouse staff to learn about their jobs. Once they connected with each representative, they received stamps on their Law Day passports.

Kayla Nordman

Kayla Nordman believes strongly in expanding access to comprehensive civic education to provide the next generation with the resources they need to uphold and expand upon the values of American democracy and create a more equitable future. Before joining Discovering Justice, she worked as a Legislative Intern at the Massachusetts State House and as a Program Manager for the Massachusetts Center for Civic Education. Kayla graduated from Suffolk University with a BA in International Relations.