The Ottumwa Courier

Court Calls

September 7, 2012

Celebrate the Constitution

Court Calls

OTTUMWA — The Constitution — through its stature in protecting the people’s rights and in its enduring genius as the map for American government — merits praise. Indeed, we rise to celebrate our Constitution this month.

On Sept. 18, the 8th Judicial District and the 8-A Bar Association will be sponsoring the first-ever “People’s Rights Academy.” This program is designed for non-lawyers so that the general public can gain a greater understanding of how the Iowa judicial system works. The event is free and will be held at Indian Hills Community College’s Advanced Technology Center in Ottumwa from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

The Academy is being held during Constitution Week. Accordingly, the keynote speaker, Iowa Court of Appeals Judge Michael Mullins from Washington, will speak about the U.S. Constitution, the Iowa Constitution and constitutional interactions with one’s daily life.

Also on the program will be District Court Judge Lucy Gamon of Ottumwa, who will examine life as a judge and the types of disputes presented in Iowa’s courts. Attorney Kathryn Salazar from Washington will address family and juvenile law. Mahaska County Attorney Rose Anne Mefford will talk about criminal-law cases. Attorney Michael Moreland from Ottumwa will speak about jury service and the manner in which civil disagreements are resolved.  

After each speaker and at the conclusion of the program, those in attendance will be afforded an opportunity to ask questions of the speakers.

Anyone interested in learning more about the role of the Constitution in American life and Iowa’s judiciary is welcome to attend. Pre-registration may be made through Cathy Reck at 8th District Court Administration at 641-684-6502, ext. 0, or by email at You may also sign in the evening of Sept. 18 beginning at 5 p.m. Please join us.

Judge Yates, one of the 8-A District Court judges, has coordinated arrangements for the People’s Rights Academy program. He may be reached at

Text Only
Court Calls
  • 0824 Court Calls photo Scieszinski -M -T The reach of sociology Every year Iowa judges are invited to speak in local schools, on college campuses and at civic events to help the community understand the role of the courts in daily life. An interesting trend on my circuit of judicial outreach is the demand for pre

    August 23, 2013 1 Photo

  • Good news By Chief Judge Mary Ann Brown The Iowa Judicial Branch dedicates itself to providing independent and accessible forums for the fair and prompt resolution of disputes, administering justice under law equally to all people. -- Iowa Judicial Branch Mis

    July 27, 2013

  • 0622 OTT Opinion Judge Lucy Gamon photo -T -L The judge as gatekeeper when the goal is justice "… no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized." Constitution of the United States, Amendment 4 It is 2 a.m. on a dar

    June 22, 2013 1 Photo

  • 0608 OTT Judge Joel Yates photo -L Who was James Otis? Most Americans can associate some names with our country's fight for independence from the English Monarchy, which began in earnest in 1775: Washington, Jefferson, Franklin and Adams. Few, if any, would credit James Otis. Here is why they should. It

    June 8, 2013 1 Photo

  • 0529 OTT Opinion Judge Annette Scieszinski photo A different kind of cyber threat The reality is, that in our country's culture, people depend on electronic devices. For many, it's become a 24/7 relationship. Sometimes I wonder where it will lead us, and if coming generations will be born with advanced dexterities to instinctively

    May 29, 2013 1 Photo

  • 0511 OTT Opinion Judge Myron Gookin -T -M We never really graduate It's May, and the graduation announcements are rolling in. It's a wonderful time to celebrate the educational achievements of those who are graduating from various schools. It did not take me long, however, to realize that learning does not end with

    May 11, 2013 1 Photo

  • 0425 Opinion Judge Mary Ann Brown photo -L Spring brings magistrate commissions Hopefully, spring color will soon be here. It seems like it's been a long time coming. This spring also brings with it the process associated with selecting judicial magistrates. Local commissions have begun the process of taking applications, interv

    April 25, 2013 1 Photo

  • The kind of judge I will be

    April 6, 2013

  • Selecting a new judge

    March 16, 2013

  • Symbolism and functionality

    March 2, 2013

AP National