Judges and Bar Members Visit Local Organizations

U.S. Magistrate Judge Sarah Hays speaks to the Lions.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Sarah Hays speaks to the Lions.
Noland Road Lions Club

Isn’t it an awesome experience when you plan to deliver an important message to a group, then the event arrives and your expectations are surpassed—you experience a unique connection with your audience?

In a small café in the Englewood area of Independence, U.S. Magistrate Judge Sarah Hays and Court Executive Ann Thompson delivered an educational program as part of the Courtroom to Community outreach to the Noland Road Lions Club. Shortly after an early breakfast and regular business meeting, Ann revisited some historical cases heard in the Western District of Missouri and described recent hot topics for the court.

Judge Hays then detailed the process for selecting a federal judge, case statistics in our jurisdiction and facts about juries. One of the many questions asked was: “What’s the difference between a district judge and a magistrate judge?” Judge Hays closed the session by explaining jurisdictional differences between state and federal court.



Southeast Branch of the Kansas City Public Library
Southeast Branch of the
Kansas City Public Library

A vibrant group of women engaged in meaningful conversation at the Southeast Library about the federal court and related topics with U.S. Magistrate Judge John T. Maughmer and attorney Willie J. Epps Jr. By providing facts to this group, the judge and Epps were able to dispel some of the myths about court. When questions were specifically asked about sentencing, the speakers gave examples of federal sentencings and state sentencings, then noted the differences. That discussion lead to the question: "What happens when they are released?" This gave Judge Maughmer an opportunity to talk about federal probation and, in particular, WDMO's re-entry court program. The group was fascinated to learn about the unique ways the federal court carries out its mission.

Members of area civic organizations who wish to have a judge and members of the bar speak about the judiciary may contact Diana Diaz at diana_diaz@mow.uscourts.gov.




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