Is Goldilocks Guilty? Paralegal Students Take Her to Trial

“Goldie, as I recall your testimony, you ate the porridge because it smelled so good and you were hungry. You had walked in the open door thinking the people would not care.  The chair was broken when you sat down to wait for the maker to tell her how good the porridge was, and you accidentally fell asleep on the bed,” the defense lawyer stated.

Paralegal Chair Stacey Tronson and Davies Instructor, Sherry Warner-Seefeld, with the students of the paralegal program at Globe University-Moorhead

“That’s right. Of course I didn’t mean to do any harm. My friend, Little Bear, who I go to school with, had invited me over lots of times so I went in to wait. I thought Little Bear can’t be far if breakfast is on the table and the door is open. But the porridge smelled so good, I just had to try it!” Goldilocks cried.

These were statements made by the paralegal students from Globe University as they conducted a mock trial demonstration for two sections of Davies High School Street Law class. Paralegal Chair, Stacey Tronson and Davies Instructor, Sherry Warner-Seefeld joined forces to plan a legal curriculum that will culminate into an ABA approved mock trial in May after several educational sessions. Additionally, two local attorneys, Nick Thornton and Tracy Peters, have agreed to lend their expertise to oversee the defense and prosecution. The trial will be held in the federal court, the Honorable Ralph Erickson presiding.

Paralegal program student, Amy Haase, presiding judge over the Goldilocks trial

The paralegal students/actors in the Goldilocks mock trial include:

  •          Ashley Tanata
  •          Amanda Neumann
  •          Remi Mason
  •          Marcos Romo
  •          Amy Haase
  •          Sara Cole

The paralegal students were joined by student worker, Demmie Martin, who wanted to join in the applied learning project.

Each filled a respective role (i.e. Judge, prosecutor, defense attorney, defendant and witnesses) while the high school students comprised the jury. Before the trial went to the jury, they had to understand the underlying statute which Goldilocks was charged with being in violation.

“Trials are so much more detailed than I realized,” Ashley Tanata stated.

Paralegal student, Sara Cole, said, “It was really fun to be able to act out a somewhat silly trial before we get to a much harder case with the students.”

Luckily for Goldie, class time ended before a verdict had been reached. Goldie will leave the classroom a free woman for now…after all, our country stands on “innocent until proven guilty!”

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