Judicial Youth Corps
JUDICIAL YOUTH CORPS STUDENTS
LEARN ABOUT ROLE OF COURTS
Boston Public High School students were selected to participate
in the 2009 Supreme Judicial Court’s Judicial Youth Corps program,
which began on May 14 and extends through August 14. Now in its
19th year, the court education program teaches young people about
the rule of law and the role of the judicial branch through interaction
with judges, lawyers, and court staff who volunteer their time.
Students learn about criminal and civil law and the work of the
courts in weekly educational sessions and in summer internships
in courts throughout Suffolk County. Field trips to police stations,
jails, and law firms are also part of the comprehensive educational
student internships are funded by the Boston Private Industry
Council and the City of Boston Summer Employment program.
Worcester Judicial Youth Corps program, now in its third consecutive
year, has twenty students participating this year from the
Worcester Public Schools. Students were selected based on teacher
recommendations and personal interviews. Following a 7-week orientation
program in May and June, the students will work in clerks and
probation offices in the Worcester Trial Court from July 6 through
August 21. The Worcester Judicial Youth Corps program is co-sponsored
with the Massachusetts Bar Association and is funded by the
Massachusetts Bar Foundation.
Justice Margaret H. Marshall and Justice Roderick L. Ireland
with 2009 Boston Judicial Youth Corps students.
Ireland addresses the Boston students on May 14
as they begin their first educational session.
Youth Corps Instructor Jerry Howland presents an overview
of the court system to the students.
Ireland administers the Judicial Youth Corps oath,
which promotes a path to success.
Youth Corps students listen to a compelling presentation
of the events surrounding Commonwealth vs. Leaster, a famous
1970s wrongful conviction case involving first degree murder.
Court Judge Christopher J. Muse, Bobby Joe Leaster, and
prominent Boston attorney Robert F. Muse, Judge Muse's
father, were given Judicial Youth Corps T-shirts by the
students and were made honorary JYC members, following
their powerful presentation on June 25. Standing with them
is Jerry Howland, the Judicial Youth Corps instructor.
The Muse father and son defense team spent many years working
to free Bobby Joe Leaster, an innocent man, from prison.
Bobby Joe Leaster now enjoys a successful career working
with young people at risk in the City of Boston Street
2009 Worcester Judicial Youth Corps students pose in the
Worcester Trial Court where they will be working as summer
interns. Teacher and Attorney James Rosseel is standing in
back row (center).
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