DES MOINES, IOWA – Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) today held his
second Federal Judiciary Youth Summit at the Des Moines Federal
Courthouse. Nineteen high schools from eight counties in central
Iowa participated in the program. U.S.
District Judge Rebecca Goodgame Ebinger and
Senior District Judge James E. Gritzner spoke
on their involvement in the federal judiciary system.
“I enjoy any opportunity to engage in dialogue with Iowa
high school students about how the federal courts impact their families and way
of life. Whether exercising their
constitutional freedoms, casting a vote at the ballot box, running for public
office or serving on a jury, I want to encourage young people to engage in
civic life and make a difference in their communities,” Grassley
ask questions to two federal judges and a U.S. Senator was a wonderful
opportunity. I think civic engagement is very important for my generation.
Today was a great experience. I plan to major in pre-med and political science,”
Le Yuan Sun, a senior at Shenandoah High
event with Senator Grassley and Judges Ebinger and Gritzner was a unique and valuable
experience for students across Central Iowa. They were able to hear firsthand
how the judicial system works here in Iowa and at the federal level. I commend
Senator Grassley’s mission to educate and support student interest and
involvement in local and national government. My students are eager to share
their experience with classmates and friends,” Julie Heitz, educator at
Ankeny Community School District said.
As part of his longstanding effort to engage Iowans in our
system of representative government, uphold the separation of powers and foster
participation in civic life, Grassley, ranking member of the Senate
Judiciary Committee, held his second youth summit to focus
on the federal judiciary and its impact on daily life. Grassley hosted his
first student summit on the judiciary in 2018 in Cedar Rapids.
Participating schools included:
Ames High School, Ankeny Centennial High School, Ankeny
High School, Ballard High School, Clarinda High School, Clarke Community High
School, Collins Maxwell High School, Grandview Christian High School, Johnston
High School, Madrid High School, Nevada High School, Norwalk High School, Shenandoah
High School, South Page High School, Southeast Polk High School, Valley High
School, Waukee High School, Winterset High School and Woodward Granger High
Photos from today’s event can be found HERE