DISTRICT OF MAINE HOSTS FIRST CIVIL DISCOURSE AND DIFFICULT DECISIONS PROGRAM

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT

DISTRICT OF MAINE

           

 

Contact:  Christa K. Berry                                                                           FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Clerk of Court                                                                                              May 29, 2019

 

 

U.S. DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF MAINE

HOSTS FIRST CIVIL DISCOURSE AND DIFFICULT DECISIONS PROGRAM

 

 

The U.S. District Court for the District of Maine held its first “Civil Discourse and Difficult Decisions” Program  on Monday, May 20, 2019.  Twenty-two students and their teacher from Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School attended the half-day program at the Edward T. Gignoux U.S. Courthouse in Portland.

 

In addition to Chief Judge Jon D. Levy, the volunteers who facilitated the first program are:

 

Peter G. Cary, Chief U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Maine

 

Christa K. Berry, Clerk of Court for the District of Maine

 

Eric M. Storms, Deputy Clerk for the District of Maine

 

J. Hilary Billings, Esq., Assistant Federal Defender

 

Halsey B. Frank, Esq., United States Attorney

 

Richard W. Murphy, Esq., First Assistant United States Attorney

 

Zachary L. Heiden, Esq., Legal Director, American Civil Liberties Union of Maine

 

Valerie Z. Wicks, Esq., of Johnson, Webbert & Young, LLP

 

Karen Frink Wolf, Esq., of Verrill Dana LLP

 

Sara P. Cressey, Esq., Law Clerk to Chief Judge Jon D. Levy

 

The feedback from students who participated in the program was positive and enthusiastic.  Students reported leaving the experience equipped with new tools to engage in civil discourse, including active listening, being respectful of others, and keeping an open mind when others express opinions that differ from one’s own.  The students also expressed their appreciation for the civil manner by which lawyers and judges address complex issues, resolve disputes, and uphold the rule of law.

 

The second Civil Discourse and Difficult Decisions Program will take place on June 6, 2019, with students from Greely High School.

 

For more information about this program and how schools can sign up to participate, please contact Christa K. Berry, Clerk of Court, at Christa_Berry@med.uscourts.gov or (207) 780-3356.