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    “It was my first time seeing judges coming to our school – it was awesome”

    Date: 12.30.09 | by Judge Tom.

    This was 11-year-old Tyson Gibbs’ comment following a school assembly at Lowe Elementary School in Kentucky. A new judge was appointed and he chose to hold his swearing-in ceremony at his childrens’ school.

    So, 4th grader Mason and his sister, 2nd grader Madison got to see their father, Mason Trenaman, Sr. take the oath of office at their school. They held the Bible during the ceremony and their mother helped the new judge into his new, black judicial robe.

    Photo by Melissa Gagliardi

    Before the formal swearing-in took place, Judge Trenaman and two other judges spent an hour with the students answering questions. They included what is the most common reason people have to see a judge (drugs); whether any of them had sentenced anyone to death (no); and what Judge Trenaman hoped to accomplish as a judge (to make a difference and make the right decision in each case).

    The three judges used this opportunity to talk to the students about staying in school, setting goals and working hard to achieve them regardless of obstacles.

    Judge Tom

    This post was written by Judge Tom. Judge Tom is the founder and moderator of AsktheJudge.info. He is a retired juvenile judge and spent 23 years on the bench. He has written several books for lawyers and judges as well as teens and parents including the recently published 'Teen Cyberbullying Investigated' (Free Spirit Publishing). When he's not answering teens' questions, Judge Tom can be found hiking, traveling and reading.

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