Fifth-grade students Hold Trial and Tour Pawnee City Courthouse

Fifth-grade students Hold Trial and Tour Pawnee City Courthouse

Monday, May 15, 2023

Pawnee County Court officials, including Judge Rick Smith, Clerk Magistrate LaRita Weber, and Assistant Clerk Julie Kuhl, hosted Law Day for fifth-grade students from Pawnee City, Humboldt-Table Rock-Steinauer (HTRS), and Lewiston Schools on Friday, May 5, 2023. The team was supported by Attorney Diane Merwin, Sheriff Braden Lang, Pawnee County Attorney Emily Sisco, and HTRS students Gabby Siegel and Ashlyn Holley.

This year's event commenced with a welcoming address by Judge Smith, followed by an impromptu dramatization performed by the HRTS students. The highlight of the day was a Mock Trial involving the fifth-grade students and their respective advisors, with the Pawnee County Court team fielding questions from participants. The event concluded at the County Court office, where the students were given a glimpse of court records dating back to the mid-1800s and learned about the evolution of technology in record-keeping. The importance of good citizenship was emphasized as each student was given a red, white, and blue star cookie for being "Star 5th Grade Students."

Accompanying the students to Law Day were Hadley Sejkora, Grant Tuttle, Taylor Dunekacke, and Brooke Liberty. Orson Sisco, a fifth-grade student from St. Andrew's School in Tecumseh (and son of County Attorney Emily Sisco), joined the Lewiston students.

Law Day was established by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1958 as a national dedication to the principles of government under the law. In 1961, Congress designated May 1st as the official date to celebrate Law Day. In Nebraska, Law Day Job Shadowing is an annual educational and collaborative program organized by the Nebraska State Bar Foundation and the Nebraska Supreme Court.

For more information, contact LaRita K. Weber, Pawnee County Court Clerk Magistrate. 

To participate in the program and host local 5th graders in your court or area through the Job Shadow program, contact Janet Bancroft.