In lieu of spending their spring break in warmer climates, a group of law students from the University of Iowa spent their spring break learning firsthand about federal, state, and local legal systems. Their first stop included breakfast and a tour of the courthouse for the Southern District of Iowa. The students met in an open atmosphere where they were able to network with employees and get a behind-the-scenes view of the federal court system.

Organized by Dean Linda McGuire, Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge Bremer, and law student Nicole Redman, 13 students spent the morning talking with several judges, the Chief Deputy Clerk, the U.S. Marshal Service, and law clerks.

Stops on their tour included watching actual court proceedings and learning the vital role that the U.S. Marshals play in our legal system. Other stops during their Alternative Spring Break included the governor’s office, legislature, Iowa Supreme Court, Iowa Southern Bankruptcy, and Polk County.