Return of Humpty Dumpty

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Every year, about early June, I volunteer at the local elementary school where I give a presentation about how laws are made and the role of the courts and lawyers. This all started when my oldest daughter was in fifth grade and the teachers keep asking me to come back. I love it. It is so fun going over these topics with the kids and they ask such good questions. Once I finish my dog and pony show, the kids have their own mini-trial where they all play roles like the judge, attorneys, witnesses and jury. The trial is about Humpty Dumpty. We all know he fell, but why? Was it an accident? Or was it Murder! The kids conduct their own trial and the jury returns a verdict.

In terms of Mac geekery, the presentation is built in keynote and presented off my MacBook Air into the school’s projector. I use all sorts of flashy word effects and transitions. It is much more glitzy than my normal jury presentations. I think all the motion seems to keep the kids interested. I seem to have lost my third-party remote since my last trial so I had to use an Apple remote which worked fine.

It really was a blast to do it again this morning. My favorite question was one tiny little girl who asked, “Is it fun to stand up and yell objection?” to which I enthusiastically replied, “Yes!” If any of you would like the trial materials or the Keynote presentation for the fifth graders in your life, drop me a note. I even have a quicktime clickable version for those of you stuck with Windows laptops. I’ve seeded this out to lawyers and teachers all over the country the last few years and love to hear it is getting used.

15 Comments Return of Humpty Dumpty

  1. j_leblanc@mac.com

    Hi Dave. I just read “Return of Humpty Dumpty” and would love to see the keynote presentation. I’ll be coaching the local high school’s mock trial competition this year, and am interested in seeing what others do in the legal/education context. I’ve been using Keynote and PowerPoint for my openings and closings for a number of years now, and have found them to be incredible tools. Thanks very much.

    John.

    Reply
  2. j_leblanc@mac.com

    Hi Dave. I just read “Return of Humpty Dumpty” and would love to see the keynote presentation. I’ll be coaching the local high school’s mock trial competition this year, and am interested in seeing what others do in the legal/education context. I’ve been using Keynote and PowerPoint for my openings and closings for a number of years now, and have found them to be incredible tools. Thanks very much.

    John.

    Reply
  3. j_leblanc@mac.com

    Hi Dave. I just read “Return of Humpty Dumpty” and would love to see the keynote presentation. I’ll be coaching the local high school’s mock trial competition this year, and am interested in seeing what others do in the legal/education context. I’ve been using Keynote and PowerPoint for my openings and closings for a number of years now, and have found them to be incredible tools. Thanks very much.

    John.

    Reply
  4. j_leblanc@mac.com

    Hi Dave. I just read “Return of Humpty Dumpty” and would love to see the keynote presentation. I’ll be coaching the local high school’s mock trial competition this year, and am interested in seeing what others do in the legal/education context. I’ve been using Keynote and PowerPoint for my openings and closings for a number of years now, and have found them to be incredible tools. Thanks very much.

    John.

    Reply
  5. j_leblanc@mac.com

    Hi Dave. I just read “Return of Humpty Dumpty” and would love to see the keynote presentation. I’ll be coaching the local high school’s mock trial competition this year, and am interested in seeing what others do in the legal/education context. I’ve been using Keynote and PowerPoint for my openings and closings for a number of years now, and have found them to be incredible tools. Thanks very much.

    John.

    Reply
  6. lauramacmurchie@mac.com

    I am very interested in your offer to share your Humpty Dumpty presentation for elementary students. My daughter is in kindergarten and she loves to put on her “lawyer clothes” and mediate issues that periodically arise in our household. I am interested in volunteering in the schools in my community in order to give the children a greater awareness of our legal system, methods of conflict resolution, etc. This offer of yours is very generous. Thanks!

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  7. lauramacmurchie@mac.com

    I am very interested in your offer to share your Humpty Dumpty presentation for elementary students. My daughter is in kindergarten and she loves to put on her “lawyer clothes” and mediate issues that periodically arise in our household. I am interested in volunteering in the schools in my community in order to give the children a greater awareness of our legal system, methods of conflict resolution, etc. This offer of yours is very generous. Thanks!

    Reply
  8. lauramacmurchie@mac.com

    I am very interested in your offer to share your Humpty Dumpty presentation for elementary students. My daughter is in kindergarten and she loves to put on her “lawyer clothes” and mediate issues that periodically arise in our household. I am interested in volunteering in the schools in my community in order to give the children a greater awareness of our legal system, methods of conflict resolution, etc. This offer of yours is very generous. Thanks!

    Reply
  9. lauramacmurchie@mac.com

    I am very interested in your offer to share your Humpty Dumpty presentation for elementary students. My daughter is in kindergarten and she loves to put on her “lawyer clothes” and mediate issues that periodically arise in our household. I am interested in volunteering in the schools in my community in order to give the children a greater awareness of our legal system, methods of conflict resolution, etc. This offer of yours is very generous. Thanks!

    Reply
  10. lauramacmurchie@mac.com

    I am very interested in your offer to share your Humpty Dumpty presentation for elementary students. My daughter is in kindergarten and she loves to put on her “lawyer clothes” and mediate issues that periodically arise in our household. I am interested in volunteering in the schools in my community in order to give the children a greater awareness of our legal system, methods of conflict resolution, etc. This offer of yours is very generous. Thanks!

    Reply
  11. steveklinck@mac.com

    david, I work with kids and would love to see the presentaion. They often ask me how law works, and this will help them undertsand.

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  12. steveklinck@mac.com

    david, I work with kids and would love to see the presentaion. They often ask me how law works, and this will help them undertsand.

    Reply
  13. steveklinck@mac.com

    david, I work with kids and would love to see the presentaion. They often ask me how law works, and this will help them undertsand.

    Reply
  14. steveklinck@mac.com

    david, I work with kids and would love to see the presentaion. They often ask me how law works, and this will help them undertsand.

    Reply
  15. steveklinck@mac.com

    david, I work with kids and would love to see the presentaion. They often ask me how law works, and this will help them undertsand.

    Reply

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