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  • County interns graduate July 13 from Courts Are Us Program

    Jul 05, 2018 | Read More News
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    Twenty-seven Pima County youth will participate in a mock-trial exercise followed by a graduation ceremony and reception on Friday, July 13, celebrating the conclusion of their summer internships with the courts in Pima County. The public is invited to attend both events, which will showcase what the students have learned during their seven-week employment and education program.
    Courts Are Us students
    The 10:30 a.m. celebration in the Board of Supervisors Hearing Room will include remarks by Pima County officials: Presiding Judge Kyle A. Bryson; Cassandra Urias, deputy administrator of the Superior Court, Richard Elias, chairman, District 5, Pima County Board of Supervisors; Ramon Valadez, District 2 supervisor, Pima County Board of Supervisors and Ronald Overholt, Superior Court administrator. Courts Are Us students Mykhailo Polyakov, Allison Riley and Leah Strozier will also address the audience.

    Prior to graduation, Judge Danelle Liwski will preside over a mock jury trial in courtroom 805 of the Superior Court. The Courts Are Us students will take on roles as counsel for the plaintiff and the defendant, witnesses, bailiffs, courtroom clerks, a sketch artist and jurors in a case designed to demonstrate a civil trial proceeding in the Arizona judicial system. 

    To date, more than 700 Pima County youth have taken part in the Courts Are Us program, founded in 1992 by retired Judge Norman Fenton in response to the Rodney King trial verdicts and ensuing Los Angeles riots. The goal of Courts Are Us, said Judge Fenton, is to share with students “the majesty, rights and freedoms” that come with exposure to the United States’ legal system. 

    Student interns work a variety of jobs each summer in the Superior Court, Tucson City Court, Pima County Justice Court, and on occasion, the Pima County Attorney’s Office. Each intern is supervised in their workplace by dedicated court staff members who offer daily guidance. As well, local attorney or judge mentors are assigned to each student to help provide direction and feedback regarding the student’s future goals.

    Courts Are Us is sponsored by the Superior Court in Pima County and Pima County Community Services, Employment and Training Department.


    Mock Trial: 8:30 a.m. Friday, July 13, Pima County Superior Court, Courtroom 805, 110 W. Congress. 
    Graduation Ceremony: 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 13, Pima County Administration Building, 130 W. Congress, First Floor, Board of Supervisors Hearing Room.