Students Participate in National Courthouse Program
Friday, May 11, 2018
May 11, 2018 - Twenty-seven Wilkes Honors College students participated in the “Civil Discourse and Difficult Decisions” program, a national initiative of the federal courts. Students participated in a realistic simulated jury deliberation in front of Federal Magistrate Judge Dave Lee Brannon involving a First Amendment issue of whether threatening posts on the Internet are protected speech.
The program was moderated by Michael McAuliffe, former State Attorney and partner in the West Palm Beach firm Atherton, McAuliffe & Reeder PA. Six attorneys, including Assistant U.S. Attorneys and clerks for the District judge, coached the students as they prepared their arguments for presentation before Judge Brannon.