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Judicial Speakers Bureau

The Judicial Speakers Bureau is designed to further the community’s understanding of the federal legal system. It offers the requesting school or organization the opportunity to be visited by one of the judges serving this community to describe what happens in federal court. In doing so, lecturers hope to inform, involve, and inspire participants.

Increasing understanding of federal courts can be accomplished by utilizing the Judicial Speakers Bureau. Our goal is to promote accurate understandings and positive perceptions of the courts.

If you are interested in having a judge come speak at your school or community event, please review the sections below and submit the presentation request form. We look forward to hearing from you.


  •  Past PresentationsOpen or Close

    Butterfield students in Libertyville learn from U.S. District Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan

    Source: http://libertyville.suntimes.com By: BY KATLYN SMITH
    To make complex, hot-button concepts like immigration and constitutional rights understandable for third-graders, Butterfield School in Libertyville invited U.S. District Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan this month.

    But initially, the youngsters were eager to hear about the bad guys.

    Der-Yeghiayan, the first immigrant of Armenian descent to be named a federal judge, recounted one high-profile case: the bank robber who made a bold escape from a Chicago high-rise jail using bed sheets last December.
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  •  Educational LinksOpen or Close

    Federal Judicial Center

    This site offers reading materials and quizzes (see below) to educate students about the many aspects of the federal court system. To visit this site, please click here.

    Federal Court Quiz

    This is a link to ten different quizzes covering various topics which can be used to prepare students for their visit to the federal court. To take a quiz, please click here.

    Understanding the Federal Courts

    This link is to the U.S. Courts website titled “Understanding the Federal Courts.” There are many sections to help educate readers about Federal Courts and their role within our National Government. To visit this site, click here.

    For a 50-page PDF document titled “Understanding the Federal Courts,” please click here.

    For a shorter 23-page PDF document titled “Federal Courts and What They Do,” please click here.

    United States Courts Educational Resources

    To access the Educational Resources page of the United States Courts website, please click here.
  •  Presentation Request FormOpen or Close
    Click here to fill out our online Presentation Request Form or download the PDF fillable version.