PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT John Adams Courthouse One Pemberton Square Boston, Massachusetts 02108
Jennifer Donahue/Erika Gully-Santiago Jennifer.Donahue@sjc.state.ma.us
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 12, 2016
Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph Gants, the Honorable Roderick Ireland, to Deliver Remarks at 25th Anniversary Celebration of Judicial Youth Corps Program
On Friday, October 14, Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants will deliver opening remarks at the 25th anniversary celebration of the Court's Judicial Youth Corps program. The Honorable Roderick L. Ireland, who served as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court from 2010-2014, will deliver closing remarks. Alumni who participated in the program as high school students from Boston, Worcester and Springfield, have been invited to attend the celebration. Over five-hundred graduates of the program have gone on to work in various professions, including working as prosecutors, defense attorneys, in private legal practice, and in 2012, a 1991 JYC graduate was appointed as a District of Columbia Superior Court Magistrate Judge.
For the past 25 years, the Supreme Judicial Court's Judicial Youth Corps program has provided hundreds of high school students in Boston, Worcester and Springfield, an environment where they can learn about the rule of law and the judicial branch of government through an intensive educational internship. Students are given a unique opportunity to interact with judges, lawyers and other court staff and observe the judicial process first-hand. Students participate in mock trials, visit courtrooms and work in court departments over the course of weekly educational sessions, a program overseen by court employees who mentor the students from May to August.
The Judicial Youth Corps was created in 1991 by then Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Paul J. Liacos. The Hon. Roderick Ireland has been actively involved in the program since its inception.
Funding is provided by the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Foundation, the Boston Private Industry Council, and the City of Boston, Success Link.
WHEN: Friday, October 14, 2016 at 4 p.m.
WHERE: John Adams Courthouse
Boston, MA 02108