Civic Outreach

Schedule a Classroom Speaker

The judges of the First District are available to speak with students about how the U.S. judicial system operates and explain basic principles of the law. Typically, two judges will speak at an event and allow a question and answer session at the end to promote dialogue with the students.

Courtroom in the Community

This Court initiative provides an opportunity for the community to view the Ohio judicial system in action and learn how disputes are resolved in a democratic society. The judges travel to colleges and other locations to hear oral arguments outside of the traditional courtroom. Past sessions have been held at the University of Cincinnati and Mount St. Joseph University.

Tour the First District

Tours of the First District’s courtrooms and facilities last approximately one hour and are available for all ages, community groups and individuals. Due to logistical considerations, the Court requests that groups consist of 25 individuals or less. Appointments are limited and advance booking improves the likelihood of a judge being available for a question and answer session.

“Educating Tomorrow’s Leaders”

Under the direction of Judge Marilyn Zayas, this program involves targeted outreach to students who generally have little or no interaction with the legal system. Youth from low-income or under-served areas are invited to the Court to interact with judges and attorneys, learn about the law and discuss options for their future careers.

Please note: Due to restrictions related to COVID-19, some outreach programs are temporarily suspended. 

To schedule an event or for more information, please contact Kevin Osborne, the Court’s Public Information and Data Specialist, at 513.946.3496 or via email at kosborne@cms.hamilton-co.org