JMS Law Club Kicks Off with Visit from Congressman Tim Murphy February 19, 2013
Congressman Tim Murphy with members of the Jefferson Middle School Law Club and Ms. Sasha Williams.
Jefferson Middle School students will get a unique opportunity that is not available to every law school student or even every practicing attorney. A new Law Club was started by Jefferson parent and Reed Smith attorney, Sasha Williams, that will introduce students to the U.S. justice system through firsthand experience. The Law Clubís first meeting was held on Feb. 19 and the guest speaker was Congressman Tim Murphy who spoke about the legislative branch of the government and described to students how laws are conceived, written, presented and adopted.
The students will use the Congressmanís presentation as a basis for their Moot Court and will put together a Mock Trial with the guidance of Ms. Williams. The law firm of Reed Smith will host one of the Clubís meetings at the McGough Courtroom where the students will get a chance to talk to some of the top attorneys about practicing law. Ms. Williams will meet with the Law Club to develop their case and put together a trial, is a native of Moscow, Russia and a mother of four Jefferson Elementary and Middle Schools students. Her life experience and her career path made her a strong advocate for civics education and prompted her to initiate this project.
As part of the Moot Court program, the Law Club members will also get a chance to visit the Allegheny County Common Pleas Court and meet with Judge R. Stanton Wettick who will talk to the student about the civil trial process. A similar trip is planned to the Federal Courthouse. Finally, the young lawyers will hold their Mock Trial in the downtown courthouse before a panel of practicing attorneys and a jury.