For Immediate Release - April 04, 2014

High School Students Participate in Student Government Day Activities at Supreme Judicial Court

BOSTON, MA -- Twenty-four high school students from thirteen schools across the Commonwealth today learned about the state judiciary and the appellate process during Student Government Day at the Supreme Judicial Court. The students who participated were elected by their classmates to represent them at the State House and the Supreme Judicial Court at the annual event.
Supreme Judicial Court Justice Ralph D. Gants
Supreme Judicial Court Justice Ralph D. Gants addressed Student Government Day participants on behalf of the judiciary at the Massachusetts State House on April 4, 2014.

The students began their day participating in activities at the State House, where a total of 450 students learned about the state's Executive, Judicial and Legislative branches. Supreme Judicial Court Justice Ralph D. Gants addressed the students on behalf of the judiciary. Secretary of State William F. Galvin spoke on behalf of the executive branch, and legislative representatives, including House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo, spoke about their roles in government.

The students then visited the John Adams Courthouse, where Supreme Judicial Court Justice Margot Botsford spoke to the students about her role as a judge, and described the role of the appellate courts within the judiciary. Maura S. Doyle, Clerk for the County of Suffolk, and Francis V. Kenneally, Clerk for the Commonwealth, the Supreme Judicial Court's two clerks, educated the students about their roles and the SJC's history and founding. SJC law clerks also engaged the students in a discussion of their roles during a pizza lunch.
 

Student Government Day at the SJC
Supreme Judicial Court Justice Margot Botsford (center), Clerk for the County of Suffolk Maura S. Doyle, and Clerk for the Commonwealth Francis V. Kenneally, the clerks for the Supreme Judicial Court, with Student Government Day participants at the John Adams Courthouse on April 4, 2014.


Established in 1947, Student Government Day is sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Education to encourage students to learn about the role and function of the three branches of government through observation and active participation.