8th grade Trip to Springfield Courthouse

On Wednesday, April 8 grade traveled to the United States Federal Courthouse in Springfield for a day of first-hand learning about the judicial system, in advance of our mock trial. Assistant U.S. Attorney (and former Academy parent) Steve Breslow was kind enough to host us for the third consecutive year. Students met with Judge Mastroianni and asked hard-hitting questions about the rights and responsibilities of federal judges and juries and spent some time talking to Judge Ponsor’s law clerk, before moving on to an exciting presentation from the U.S. Marshal’s office (complete with a visit to the holding cell). We finished off the day with a pizza party alongside other federal prosecutors.

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