On Monday, March 7, 2016, from 8:45 am until noon, we will have an opportunity to meet with two DuPage County judges, observe felony court proceedings, and get an introduction to the juvenile court.
Associate Judge Liam Brennan will meet with us in his courtroom before the court call begins, at 8:45 am, to explain the workings of the felony court. He will allow us to stay in the courtroom to observe that morning’s court proceedings. Later that morning, we will visit Circuit Judge Robert Anderson’s juvenile court (the proceedings are closed to the public, so no litigants will be present during our visit) where we will meet the courtroom staff, learn about juvenile court, and tour Judge Anderson’s chambers.
This event is not an official Paralegal Club event, but an optional off-campus enrichment activity. However, the club vice-president has agreed to maintain the list of those who would like to attend. If you would like to attend, please email Julianne DiBenedetto at firstname.lastname@example.org , and indicate “Felony Court/Juvenile Court March 7 Visit” in the Subject line.
We can accommodate up to 40 students at this event, although we may split the students up between two felony courtrooms if there is not enough room for everyone to fit into one courtroom at the same time.
You will earn up to three hours of LEX credit for attending – one hour for every hour you attend, with a maximum of three hours possible. If you are seeking LEX credit, you must find Professor Sally Fairbank when you arrive, to sign in, and find her again when you are leaving, to sign out, in order to earn LEX credit for the time spent at the courthouse.
You will be responsible for your own transportation. Since this event takes place off-campus, and is optional, neither the College of DuPage nor the COD Paralegal Club is responsible for any loss, harm or injury that may occur as a result of attending this event.
This is an excellent opportunity to be “behind the scenes” of two fascinating courtrooms, and I hope you will take advantage of it!
Professor Sally N. Fairbank, Program Coordinator