Homeschooled students get a unique lecture on America’s judicial system

Judicial justice in the classroom

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(ABC 6 News) – Here in the confines of Berean Community Church, a group of students eagerly learns about America’s judicial system with a passionate pastor excited for the next generation.

That pastor is Nathan Brand. “We’re trying to help our kids grow up and be adults and know how to make connections and how to operate in this society.”

With Brand is Kristin Rogers, an instructor looking to challenge her students. “Whatever I can do as a parent, a homeschooling parent, to make this come alive for my kids, I want to do that for other kids as well.”

Rogers’s students are homeschooled, but she comes once a week to teach students about a range of topics.

Tuesday’s lecture focused on the American judicial system.

This is no ordinary lecture, though. Professionals with careers in law, from sheriff’s deputies to attorneys and judges, showed up to class to help students apply what they are learning.

Rogers elaborates on why it’s important for students to learn about the system. “I think it’s really important for them to be able to see how all of these parts work together so that we can have our freedom.”

Students found a lot of enjoyment, including Kahlan Carlin. “It’s really cool to hear all of their experiences and what it’s like in a real courtroom.”

Another student who enjoyed the lecture was Isaac Levno. “It’s fun to not only learn from them but also hear their stories about what they worked on and how they came to do what they do.”

On Tuesday, that hands-on experience was taken to a new level.

Deputies from the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office showed up on Tuesday to issue a subpoena for the students who will be taking part in an upcoming mock trial. The mock case they’ll be hearing is a 3rd-degree murder trial in which a crane fell and killed someone.

The mock trial will take place at the Dodge County Courthouse in Mantorville on Friday, April 19.