Working for the law firm Pregenzer, Baysinger, Wideman & Sale allows me to participate in different pro bono activities in our community. Last month I had the opportunity to talk to a class of 4th graders about the Constitution.
The class had been learning about the Constitution for about a month. The teacher asked me to come discuss how the Constitution applies to my work as a lawyer. The 4th graders were familiar with the three branches of government at both the state and federal level. All of the students were prepared with questions, a few which made me chuckle to myself. Had I been to the White House? Had I met the President? Those questions reminded me how lawyers are perceived by society, not just 4th graders.
My favorite question was from a student who seemed shy, but he eloquently asked me if I had ever argued a case in front of the 9 justices. Much to his disappointment, I have not had the opportunity to argue a case at the Supreme Court level – state or federal. It impressed me that he had the knowledge to ask such a question. I do not recall knowing anything beyond the pledge of allegiance when I was in the 4th grade.
There is a lot of criticism of the school systems in our state, but I was filled with hope knowing these kids are our future. I was also able to reflect on how the Constitution is a part of my practice, and how grateful I am to be able to practice law for a living. All in all, it was the most enjoyable community service activity I’ve participated in as a lawyer.