From an Everett Public Schools News Release.
Students celebrated Law Day by presenting cases in Everett Municipal Court.
Seniors from five Government classes at Cascade High School traveled to municipal court earlier this month. They definitely weren’t in trouble with the law. Instead, they heard from Everett judges Laura Van Slyck and Thomas Wynne and presented cases about the 14th Amendment, the theme for the national Law Day celebration.
When the students arrived, they heard from Judges Van Slyck and Wynne in their respective courtrooms before dividing into teams. The teams then presented oral arguments to a group of “judges” of their peers. The students also toured both courthouses and heard from several defense attorneys and Everett prosecutors.
“The goal is to make the law come alive for these students, and perhaps, interest them in becoming involved in the law as a career,” Van Slyck said.
Cascade teachers Melissa Webster and Mike Wilson coordinated the field trip. “Students had a lot of fun and really enjoyed learning about the judicial process in action!” shared Webster.
The 14th Amendment has been pivotal in civil rights legislation and landmark trials in the United States due to its citizenship, due process, and equal protection clauses.
Law Day is recognized on May 1, but due to scheduling conflicts, the celebration was moved to mid-April.
Students as prosecuting attorneys during Law Day at Everett Municipal Court. Photo courtesy of Everett Public Schools.