Arriving early, eighteen members of an Alvernia Seniors College class sat quietly in the back of courtroom #9 as Berks County Prison inmates stood before the Honorable Judge Scott D. Keller one-by-one. Their teacher, Eleni Dimitriou Geishauser, Esq., — no stranger to the court room — quietly whispered to her students about the criminal precedings and the people taking part in them. She pointed to the bar separating the court room from the audience. “That’s the bar. Lawyers earn the right to cross it by taking the bar exam,” she explained.
Half an hour later, the bar doors opened and Judge Keller invited the members of the “Moot Court 102” class to set up for their mock murder trial. Students, who had been preparing for this moment for five weeks assumed the roles of prosecutors, defense attorneys, witnesses, and defendant. Judge Keller presided over the trial as Geishauser offered advice to the prosecution and defense. Immediately after the session ended, and before a shuttle returned the class to Alvernia, students asked Geishauser if she would be willing to teach another course.
Alvernia’s Seniors College offers three semesters of academic classes each year. The next session (beginning in January) will include classes on global warming, the history of books in the Bible (exploring if people will continue to read and learn from them), basic computing, and a course with State Trial Judge Judge Linda Ludgate — a 1977 graduate of Alvernia.
Annual Membership to the Seniors College is $50 — a great Christmas gift for anyone 55 years-of-age or older. Contact Sally Reading (610) 796-8357 or visit the Seniors College website for more details.
Click here to see photos from the Moot Court class event.