Civics Outreach with Madonna Learning Center

On February 12, 2019, United States District Judge John Fowlkes hosted students from the Madonna Learning Center. The students came prepared with questions for the Judge about himself and the legal system. Judge Fowlkes also elicited sworn testimony from some of the students about occasions when they've let their emotions get the best of them, and even "sentenced" one of the kids to probation for arguing with her parents. The students were visited by two additional District Court Judges, Judge Sheryl Lipman and Judge Mark S. Norris.

The students pose with U.S. District Court Judge John Fowlkes, Jr. Judge Fowlkes and his chambers have hosted students from the Madonna Learning Center for several years.

U.S. District Court Judge Sheryl Lipman talks with one of the students.

U.S. District Judge Mark S. Norris shows off his Abraham Lincoln socks worn in honor of President Lincoln's birthday.

After learning a bit about Judge Fowlkes and the legal system, everyone enjoyed a pizza party in the courtroom.

The students were all eager to spend some time in lock-up.

The students stand outside the Clifford Davis/Odell Horton Federal Building, home to the Memphis division of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee.