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Appeals on Wheels

"One of the things that indiana courts try to is to give people who can't come to Indianapolis a chance to see what actually happens in the courts of Indianapolis where appeals are held", says Justice Randall T. Shepard
EVANSVILLE, Ind.  "It's been especially great to be here at Harrison High School where I went to high school".

It's a homecoming for Justice Randall T. Shepard; he's a part of this year's "Appeals on Wheels".

"One of the things that Indiana courts try to is to give people who can't come to Indianapolis is a chance to see what actually happens in the courts of Indianapolis where appeals are held", said Shepard.

Students sitting in on today's session could be future lawyers, judges, social workers and lobbyists. All are part of the Randall T. Shepard Academy for Justice and Law. 

Cameron Gillreath says, "It's a really deciding factor if you want to go to law school or not".

Until students do decide on their future they'll have exposure to and a better understanding of the justice system; through the two year program.

"Most High School courses you take are General Ed classes but, when you take a program like this law academy it kind of shows you what you want to learn and if your interested in law it helps you decide if you want that career path", Gillreath added.

A path that Justice Shepard is trying to prepare these scholars for.

"They see an actual court case argued by the lawyers in front of Judges who will actually decide the case they get information ahead of time and it tells them what the facts are in this case and what the legal issues are by the party whose appealing", said Shepard.

Today's real life case is about attempted murder; the state of indiana versus Richard Simmons. The audience filled with Harrison High students listened to the details of the case in which the defendant wants to appeal. A real life scenario of the workings of the justice system.

"I think it's a really cool experience most high school students don't get to go through anything like this!

The academy is now taking applications for the class of 2016. See the link here.



Report by Fadia Patterson
fpatterson@tristatehomepage.com
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