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Supreme Judicial Court Announces Judicial Youth Corps in Springfield

Posted Thursday, June 12, 2014


Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Roderick L. Ireland, a Springfield native, led a swearing-in ceremony at the High School of Commerce last week, where he administered an oath for the ten Springfield high school students selected to participate in the Springfield Judicial Youth Corps program. The Springfield program was developed through a partnership with the SJC, Western New England University School of Law, and the Massachusetts Bar Association (MBA). “We are honored to be working in collaboration with the Supreme Judicial Court, the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Springfield Public Schools to bring this wonderful opportunity to the students,” said Dean Eric Gouvin of Western New England University School of Law. “The students are not only learning about our legal system through classroom discussion and interaction with judges and lawyers, they will also have the benefit of working in paid internship positions in the courts.”


Chief Justice Roderick L. Ireland and Dean Eric Gouvin of Western New England University School of Law

High school students are selected from a large pool of applicants to participate in the Judicial Youth Corps program, where they will spend four months from May through August learning about the Massachusetts court system. A junior from Putnam High School, Brittany Spaulding, commented, “I think this is going to be a really interesting life experience and I’m thinking about studying criminal justice in college, so it will help me decide. My biggest fear is working with people who are lawyers and judges and I’m just clueless about how it all works, but I'm sure they will teach us how to be professional.” Chief Justice Ireland said, "Among our over 500 Judicial Youth Corps graduates, many have gone on to graduate from college and graduate school, and have become professionals in the field of law and other fields. Last year, we learned that one of our graduates was recently appointed as a judge in Washington, D.C., a testament to the influence a program like this can have on a young person's life."


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