For Immediate Release - October 14, 2016

Supreme Judicial Court Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Judicial Youth Corps Program

BOSTON, MA -- In a ceremony in the Great Hall of the John Adams Courthouse, Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants today delivered opening remarks at the 25th anniversary celebration of the Court's Judicial Youth Corps program, recognizing the impact that the program has had on the lives of over five hundred who have participated over the years as high school students.

"The Supreme Judicial Court is very proud of the hundreds of young people who have brought their energy and curiosity to the Judicial Youth Corps over the past 25 years," said Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants. "We are also grateful to over two hundred supervisors from every court department throughout the judiciary who have worked with and mentored JYC students."
Alumni who participated in the program as high school students from Boston, Worcester and Springfield, were invited to attend the celebration.

The Honorable Roderick L. Ireland, who served as the Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court from 2010-2014 and has been actively involved with the program since its inception in 1991, delivered closing remarks.

"Our alumni have gone on to do some wonderful things in their careers. They are now lawyers, accountants, doctors, teachers, judges, chefs, and legislators. You name it and they have done it," said the Honorable Roderick L. Ireland. "I think back to their first day in the JYC program when I gave them the oath to strive to be the very best and they did it. Alumni, you make us proud every day."

For the past 25 years, the Supreme Judicial Court's Judicial Youth Corps program has given high school students in Worcester, Boston and Springfield the opportunity to participate and learn about the rule of law and the judicial branch of government through an intensive educational internship overseen by court employees who mentor the students from May to August. Students work with judges, in clerks' offices, probation offices, security department offices, and the Office of the Jury Commissioner. They attend weekly educational sessions, court sessions, and participate in mock trials both in the Trial Court and in the federal courts, which state and federal judges preside over.

The Judicial Youth Corps program was created in 1991 by then Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Paul J. Liacos, with the help of the Honorable Roderick L. Ireland, who has championed the program and been a mentor to the students.  

Funding is provided by the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Foundation, the Boston Private Industry Council, and the City of Boston, Success Link.