He knows if you’ve been bad or good, and that’s a problem when he’s wearing a black robe. That was a lesson learned by Ebenezer Scrooge at the Howard D. McKibben Inn of Court December meeting/training in courtroom 15D. Scrooge was put on trial for misdeeds and when he tried to snow Judge Clause he got slammed by Santa’s entries in the naughty book. The jolly judge called out others for past misdeeds and had a bit of fun ribbing justices and judges in attendance. Ultimately, he wiped the slate clean for lawyers who hadn’t been so nice, but made it to the meeting.

Those in the gallery got a few lessons on the law surrounding issues of the Scrooge case. The trial was a fun way to review legal tips. After Scrooge got probation, Hope for Prisoners founder Jon Ponder gave a presentation on the program that provides mentors to recently released prisoners to help them re-integrate after incarceration. He was then honored by the Howard D. McKibben Inn of Court.

The mission of the Inns of Court is to inspire the legal community to advance the rule of law by achieving the highest level of professionalism through example, education and mentoring.  Hope for Prisoners is a program that shares a similar mission in helping men, women and young adults successfully enter the workforce, the community and to successfully re-unite with their families. Hope for Prisoners is a non-profit organization that truly makes an impact in helping individuals in become a productive member of society.