GROUP PRESENTATIONS Group Presentations are worth 50 points and will take place during the week of October 2-6. There will be three group presentations each day. I am aiming to have nine groups total in the class (groups of 3 or 4 members, no more or no less). Group presentations should be approximately 10 minutes long (please, no longer than 15 minutes). This assignment is a great opportunity for you and group-mates to earn a relatively easy 50 points in the course. For the group presentation, you will be researching a specialized court program or system. I want you to think outside of the box. There are hundreds of specialized programs and systems used throughout local and state court systems in the United States (and the federal system too for that matter). Perhaps your group is interested in juvenile burglars and there is a specific court program that deals with those offenders in the state of Wisconsin. That is just one example, but you get the idea. The aim of this presentation is to provide your findings to your Instructor and fellow classmates using a unique, interesting, creative, and easy to understand method. Help us better understand this unique court program that you have researched. Other notes: Each group member must have a speaking role. In addition, visual aids and handouts are a plus (don’t be boring!)! You will be turning in ONE summary paper (with each person’s name on it) to me. Each group must turn in this summary paper on the first day of presentations, 10/2, regardless of your group’s presentation date. This assignment is worth 50 points and will be graded according to: overall presentation, use of handouts and/or visual aids, content/clarity, knowledge of subject matter (you should know what you are talking about!) and the group summary paper. In addition, your appearance should be proper for the presentation. Finally, you will need to let me know ASAP what your group will be researching. I want you to do this for two reasons. First, I want to make sure that you are on the right track. Second, I want to make sure that we don’t have every group or multiple groups researching a similar type of program. Basically, it is first come-first serve for this presentation assignment. If you know there is a program that you want to research, let me know as soon as possible before another group chooses it. The longer you wait, the less likely you will be able to research and present on your first or second choice. The absolute deadline for letting me know (and you can do so verbally, nothing written is required) is Wednesday, September 13, the day of our first in-class group meetings. A word of advice: when you decide to let me know which program you would like to do, you should have one or two alternative choices available.