West Criminal Justice Class Welcomes Hamilton County Prosecutor

West Criminal Justice Class Welcomes Hamilton County Prosecutor
Posted on 11/09/2017
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Students listening to Hamilton County prosecutorIf the end goal is an authentic learning experience, there’s no replacement for a live expert source.


That was exactly the thought behind Lakota West teacher Diann Adams’ decision to invite Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters into her American Law & Criminal Justice class this week. Mr. Deters spent the first half of his hour-long visit recounting stories of his more than 30 years in public service, opening up the floor for questions throughout his presentation.


“Especially in a class like Law & Criminal Justice, there’s no match for real world experience,” Adams said. “Whether a student is seriously considering a career in the field or just interested in how our justice system plays out in real life, exposure to a professional is the best way to bring some perspective to what we’re learning.”


Students posed questions about the challenges of both Deters’ job and the judicial system. They asked about the jury selection process, the technicalities of an investigation, and even opportunities to intern in his office.


“I really liked hearing about Mr. Deters’ daily routine as a prosecutor.  It was eye-opening to see what he does on a daily basis,” shared one student.

“Getting to see the evidence he used in a recent case was interesting, noted another.


Whether it be authors, artists, lawyers, or engineers, guest teachers who are professions in their fields are just one example of an innovative teaching strategy used in Lakota classrooms.