Date: October 7, 2010

Location:  Peters Science Hall, Kansas Wesleyan University, Salina, Kansas

Partners: Kansas Wesleyan University

The League of Women Voters of Salina held a public lecture featuring Judge Joe Johnson of the Shawnee County District Court, Judge Maritza Segarra of Geary County District Court, and Judge Jennifer Jones of Wichita Municipal Court.  The judges asked, “We’ve got one country, one flag, one Constitution. Why do we need a diverse judiciary?” Pointing to individual students and commanding them to “come on down,” Judge Johnson positioned four at the front of the lecture hall in role plays, challenging those present to imagine what a black man charged with rape of a white woman might feel facing an all-white prosecutor, judge, and jury—or how a battered mother of four might feel about justice if she faced an all-male prosecutor, judge, and jury as she pressed her claim in court against her divorcing husband—a respected physician.