A frank discussion of the legal issues encountered by U.S. Magistrate Judge Barbara L. Major provided a lively event recently for San Diego High School of International Studies students as Judge Major discussed her life on the federal bench and professional career.
of the school's "Inside the Courtroom" series in cooperation with the
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, the program
brings leaders of San Diego's judicial community to the downtown campus
to give students an idea of how they reached their career goals,
experiences along the way, and what as jurists they can share with
Judge Major said it is an extremely bad idea to accept an
offer to drive a vehicle over the border. She sees countless cases where
the person had no idea what was actually in the car and was arrested
for trafficking drugs. The law is clear on this issue and does involve
time in jail. Judge Major has been on the federal bench since 2004,
following a term as Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of
California. She earned her B.A. from Stanford University in 1983, and
her J.D. from U.C. Berkeley in 1987.
While the focus of the event was current topics in civil law, Judge
Major entertained the audience with stories of her career as a young
lawyer at a large law firm, an Assistant U.S. Attorney and a federal
magistrate judge. In addition, Judge Major provided students with her
perspective on how the legal profession has become more accepting of
women, as well as the challenges they still face. The Jan. 29 event
closed with a lively question and answer session.
The “Inside the Courtroom” program is a collaboration between San
Diego High School of International Studies and the U.S. District Court
for the District of Southern California. Modeled after James Lipton’s
television series Inside the Actors Studio, its speakers provide a
unique opportunity for International Studies students to get a
realistic perspective of the legal profession and the role of law in
their lives. The series provides students in the school’s legal pathway
an opportunity to enrich their understanding of the law via interaction
with its professionals. Speakers cover topics specifically selected to
augment content from the classroom while describing its real-world
application in a vocational context.
The program continues on Feb. 26 with the Hon. Margaret Mann from
the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of California.
Previous speakers include the Hon. Jeffrey T. Miller from the U.S. District
Court. For more information or guest speaker suggestions please contact
Patrick Goddard at email@example.com.