Kendall Court Program Inspires Local Elementary Students

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The University of Tulsa College of Law welcomed fifth-graders from Kendall-Whittier Elementary School to campus for a program that used a familiar family story to inspire a group of students from diverse backgrounds that a goal of going to college - and even law school - can be more than just a fairy tale.

Kendall Court 2010

About 125 elementary students participated in Kendall Court, which is hosted each year by TU’s chapter of the international legal fraternity Phi Delta Phi.

To illustrate the legal system in action, TU law students and faculty walked through the facts of a beloved fairy tale as a civil case. In Mom A. Bear, Pop A. Bear, and Babe E. Bear v. Gold E. Locks, the familiar blonde trespasser is claimed to have bad manners for entering the Bear’s home uninvited, eating their porridge and napping in their beds.

The presentation, for which the TU actors donned full costumes, introduced the elementary students to basic elements of the legal process by utilizing a set of circumstances with which the students are already familiar.

During their visit, the elementary students also visited the Mabee Legal Information Center. MLIC librarians made presentations during the tour, sharing information on government Web sites for children, the Lincoln penny and Cherokee storytelling.

This year’s presentation was sponsored by Phi Delta Phi, the TU Law Diversity Committee and the American Bar Association – Law Student Division.

Jimmy Hart