McChord JA participates in Law Day

By Senior Airman Divine Cox on June 2, 2016

Judge Advocates from Joint Base Lewis-McChord gave legal advice to an unusual audience on May 25.

Members of the 62nd Airlift Wing Legal office visited with students of Carter Lake Elementary School on McChord Field, during the nation-wide Law Day.

Law Day is a program sponsored by the American Bar Association, a professional organization which oversees the legal profession, designed to teach children about the legal system and how it can affect their everyday life.

The theme for this year's day was "Miranda: More than Words."

"Law Day is a day where we (attorneys) get to talk about our legal profession and what we do," said Capt. Laura Quaco, 62nd AW chief of legal assistance and preventative law. "I put together this volunteer opportunity to give students a little insight on what we do as judge advocates for the United States Air Force."

The students started with a short class version of the book, The Three Little Pigs, before they were split into groups and learned some judicial system terminology.

"The kids were real eager to learn the lingo," said Senior Airman Tracy Kuenher, 62nd AW paralegal.

After the students went over some of the terminology, the prepared themselves for the mock trial of the "Big Bad Wolf".

"I think we made the mock trial a lot of fun for the kids," said Quaco. "We spruced up the script and selected students to act as the jury panel and give them a chance to deliberate."

Once the jury was done deliberating, they were allowed to give their verdict.

Two out of the three classes thought the "Wolf" was innocent.

"Some of the students were eager to dish out harsh punishment to the "Wolf"," said Keunher. "But I think they learned a valuable lesson regardless if they handed out heavy or lenient sentences."

Quaco said she believed that the kids enjoyed the Law Day activity that was planned for them.

"I asked them how they liked it and they all screamed and yelled," said Quaco. "A lot of them were really interested in the whole courtroom scene and that makes me happy because educating our youth early can ultimately help lead to less crime through heightened awareness of potential victims."