If You Have 15 to 30 Minutes with a Group

If You Have 15 to 30 Minutes with a Group
Show an inspirational video and start a conversation. Brief videos are stimulating discussion starters.

Pathways to the Bench

First-person videos are personal stories of judges who overcame adversity to serve on the federal bench. Each judge has a motivational message that has broad applications across many audiences. The narratives also provide glimpses into contemporary American history.

Preparation Time: Judges and lawyers spend 30 minutes identifying and reviewing the video(s) of interest to their audiences.
Program Duration: Discussions can be 15-30 minutes or longer, depending on the time available.

Middle school through university students; adults and lifelong learners.

Videos make timely presentations throughout the year, including Heritage Months. Here is a partial list:
  • African American History Month: February
  • Women’s History Month: March
  • Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month: April
  • Hispanic Heritage Month: September 15-October 15
Format: Selected Pathways to the Bench video(s) followed by discussion.

Pathways to the Bench (3-5 minutes).

Resources produced by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. For more, go to 


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