Democracy in Action Academy
Students Meet California's Supreme Court Chief Justice

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The 2017 Democracy in Action Academy welcomed a high profile visitor, California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, who began her career as a prosecutor in the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office and as a judge on the Sacramento Superior Court bench.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Laurie Earl led the academy for a third year, sharing her experience in the judicial branch. In addition to the visit with Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye, students sat down with Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg for a look inside the executive branch. They also toured the State Capitol and learned more about the legislative branch.

The Democracy in Action Academy takes high school students through the three branches of government and at the end of the week-long academy, students give presentations on topics like civic responsibility and social justice.

The Democracy in Action Academy is part of Sacramento State’s Summer Academies for High School Students program.

NEW! Laurie Kubicek, a professor in Sacramento State’s Division of Criminal Justice, will be leading the Democracy in Action Academy in 2018.

Registration for the 2018 Summer Academies opens on March 1. For more information, please visit the Summer Academies for High School Students program.