Courtroom Becomes Classroom for Law Students

A recent three-day Court of Appeals session in White Plains has provided a model for future trips of the court outside Albany, Chief Judge Janet DiFiore told the New York Law Journal.

The court invited more than 100 high school and college students last month to the Richard J. Daronco Westchester County Courthouse, and enlisted volunteer attorneys and law students, including those from Pace Law, to meet with the students before oral arguments to prepare them for what they would be observing.


At the session in White Plains, students and faculty from six high schools in Westchester County and the Bronx participated in the program as well as students from Mercy College.

About 40 students attended arguments on each day of the April 25-27 session. Before the arguments, students prepared by reading briefs in one of three criminal law cases before the court and meeting with Pace Law students.

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