As part of the College of Law’s Institute for Advocacy & Dispute Resolution, twenty-three students shadowed judges at the Juvenile Justice, Bridgeview, and Skokie Courthouses in the Cook County Circuit Court in late October. Students met the presiding judges at each courthouse, and shadowed other judges throughout the day witnessing, among other things, preliminary and bond hearings, a DUI bench trial, and civil and criminal jury trials.
The students also spent their lunch hour with the judges. “The lunch with the judges was nice,” says Marcela Castillo (’13). “It was refreshing to hear the career paths these judges have taken and hear the advice they had to give.”
At the Juvenile Justice Courthouse, students toured the Child Detention Center and met with representatives of the State’s Attorney’s, Public Defender’s, and Public Guardian's Offices. Student Michelle Booker (’14) enjoyed the opportunity to take a closer look at courthouse operations, remarking, “The more I talk to people the more I realize how rare it is to get access to the detention facility for a tour of the inside.”
Events take place every spring and fall semester. Interested students should contact Natalie Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org or (312) 362-8312.