KCBA Charitable Foundation Events
Open Doors to the Federal Courts
The Foundation sponsors an annual "Open Doors to the Federal Court" in January. The event includes approximately 250 high school seniors from around Kern County. There is a mock trial presentation for the students, including Assistant U.S. Attorney, Federal Defender, and U.S. Magistrate Judge Theresa Goldner.
As part of the program, the students hear presentations from representatives of various federal agencies including the FBI, Department of Interior, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Probation Office, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Marshal's Office, Drug Enforcement Agency, China Lake Police, and others.
The Open Doors program is held at the Board of Supervisor's Chambers, and is broadcast on KGOV to the high schools.
This event has great support from the community. The Kern County Superintendent of Schools co-sponsors the event. Vickie Spivy, Events Coordinator with the Superintendent's office, is instrumental in organizing the event. This collaboration enabled us to work with educators to prepare a curriculum for the Open Doors program to allow students to learn more about the federal courts and various federal agencies. The curriculum will be distributed to the high schools prior to the event to allow the students and their teachers to build a foundation before attending the event (or before watching the broadcast of the event).
The Amazing Race
The Amazing Race is a scavenger hunt that's all grown up! Local lawyers, judges, doctors, and community leaders come together to participate in this wonderful event. Teams are given clues and must travel to various locations all over town and complete challenges to get clues. Teams are sure to have a great time with plenty of laughs along the way. The winners not only get major bragging rights but also fabulous prizes. At the end of the race everyone heads back to Coconut Joe's to socialize over cocktails, bid on phenomenal silent auction prizes, and indulge in a truly amazing dinner.
The great thing about this event is it has something for everyone. Whether you participate in the race or not, you are sure to have a great time. Many people who do wish to compete in the race still come to socialize over drinks and dinner. The Amazing Race is an excellent way to meet people in the legal and professional community of Bakersfield.
Constitution Day Book Giveaway
Sept. 17, 2013 was the 226th anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution. Across the country, school children and others will celebrate this anniversary in recognition of the Constitution. The Kern County Bar Association Charitable Foundation, in partnership with Capstone Publishing, will celebrate Constitution Day by donating books about the Constitution and the U.S. Supreme Court to every public elementary school in Kern County. Members of the Bar Association will read the books to the students and answer their questions about the American legal system.
The U.S. Constitution continues to provide the framework for our government, notwithstanding the many changes the world has undergone since Sept. 17, 1787. Through the donation of books to local schools, and through the interactive sessions with the children, the Kern County Charitable Foundation seeks to raise awareness about our remarkable Constitution and the legal system as a whole. The Foundation's goal is not just to teach kids about the legal system but also to foster enthusiasm and interest in the legal system.