Students Get Expanded Judicial Lesson through CSUSM Civics Symposium


Media Contact: Margaret Lutz |

What: On My Honor: Civics Symposium for Students

When: Tuesday, August 4 through Saturday, August 8, 2009, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Where: Classes take place at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) and at the Vista Superior Court.

Who: Twenty 5th - 7th grade gifted and talented students.

Media are invited to attend on August 4 and 6 when students actively engage in court proceedings. Contact Margaret Lutz at 760-750-4011 for information on times and court house locations.

Students will be exploring the third branch of government at the On My Honor Civics Symposium, designed to provide a fun and interactive learning experience for gifted and talented students in the 5th through 7th grades. 

The symposium, which runs this summer from August 4 through 8, will teach students about the role of the judicial branch through interaction with judges, lawyers, and court staff. Among the many activities, participants will prepare a case with attorneys and judges, investigate case studies using technology labs, present legal arguments, debate complex issues, select jury members, explore rights and responsibilities as citizens, and take a tour of the court facilities.

"Students will be taking on roles for a court case that will require them to investigate, research, create questions for the prosecution, defendants, consider testimonies and develop closing arguments," said CSUSM Associate Professor Fran Chadwick as she explained the symposium. "We are excited about this program and are pleased that we have the opportunity to offer it through our partnership with The North County Bar Association and the Superior Court/Vista Branch. The students can look forward to an authentic learning experience as they explore the third branch of government."

The symposium is funded through a grant from the North County Bar Association and a $250 per student fee. Educators are National Board Certified Teacher (K-8) Robyn Litt of the Encinitas Union School District and Advanced Placement Civics Teacher (9-12) Gregg Primeaux of the Garden Grove School District.

The program is limited to 20 students and is now full. Applications are no longer being accepted.

About California State University San Marcos

California State University San Marcos has become one of the fastest growing campuses in the CSU system. Providing access to a high quality education and preparing the leaders of tomorrow remain at the core of what we do. Cal State San Marcos embraces and symbolizes twenty‐first century learning. We offer hands‐on and collaborative learning experiences, cutting edge technology and academic programs relevant to the rapidly changing global environment. Our faculty engages in the latest research and other creative activities. Our graduates are prepared to lead and compete in the digital age. Founded in 1989, CSU San Marcos is located on a 300‐acre hillside overlooking the city of San Marcos. It is fifteen miles east of the ocean; just thirty miles north of downtown San Diego.