McClatchy Law and Public Policy Academy students visit California’s Supreme Court
Teens hear arguments on two cases

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Students in C.K.McClatchy High School’s Law and Public Policy Academy visited the California Supreme Court in San Francisco on February 6, where they listened to arguments in two cases.

The visit is part of a month-long program by Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye — a McClatchy alum — to raise awareness of the need to provide students with a solid education in civics. 

“There is a critical need for an engaged citizenry to make fully informed choices about the future path of our democracy,” Cantil-Sakauye told a writer with the Judicial Council of California’s newsletter. “I am advocating for improved civics education so that our citizens understand that the strength of our democratic institutions relies on the public’s understanding of and participation in those institutions.”

The students heard arguments on People v. Gonzales, which centers on whether disclosure of a defendant’s statements to a psychotherapist violate a federal constitutional right of privacy. They also heard arguments in People v. McCullough, which has to do with a person’s right to forfeit a jail booking fee.

After the CKM students’ visit, Supreme Court Clerk Frank McGuire wrote that the teens were “wonderful, well-prepared and well-mannered.”

To continue her work raising civics education awareness, Cantil-Sakauye plans to visit McClatchy and Sutter Middle School on February 21.