Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments at Boys, Girls State

May 28, 2013

The Tennessee Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments in Cookeville and Nashville this week as part of the SCALES Project – Supreme Court Advancing Legal Education for Students.

The students spend time prior to the day in court learning about the court system and the specific facts of the case they will hear. A total of four SCALES cases will be heard over a two-day period, with about 300 students sitting in on each session.

A total of 1200 high school students from the two programs spend a week learning about city, county and state government though interactive, hands-on learning and role playing. Boys State and Girls State are programs of the Tennessee American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary.

Circuit Court Judge John J. Maddux, Jr. of Cookeville has served Tennessee Boys’ State chairperson for nearly 30 years. The Boys State program is held at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville. The Girls State Program is hosted at Lipscomb University in Nashville

To learn more about the program, visit here.