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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Kindergarten law

Last week, I did my first-ever "what my parents do" presentation for my daughter's kindergarten class. I decided to demonstrate the "word puzzles" we do in law classes, using Hillel Levin's The Food Stays in the Kitchen: Everything I Needed to Know About Statutory Interpretation I Learned By the Time I was Nine, which worked very well for that age group. We used the rule "No eating in the classroom," then my daughter and I showed them a cookie, a bottle of water, a smoothie, and a baggie of grapes. They got purposivism pretty quickly, although usually at the expense of the text--which just means they're ready to be law students or judges.

Posted by Howard Wasserman on May 19, 2012 at 01:48 PM in Howard Wasserman, Teaching Law | Permalink


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My son's first grade class was just soliciting parent volunteers for similar presentations, which got me thinking about what I would say. Interesting that you went the "word puzzles" route (I love the Levin article!). My initial instinct was to say something like lawyers help people resolve their disputes (see Sotomayor on Sesame Street) and that I help teach people how to be lawyers.

My big fear though is looking like Billy Crystal at the beginning of City Slickers when his career day speech just can't compete with the previous presentation. My son told me last week that someone's mom came in and explained that she's some kind of professional scuba diver!

Posted by: Anon Prof | May 21, 2012 10:01:14 AM

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