YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Dozens of area school students had the chance to see how the judicial system operates around the Valley.
“Law Day” is a national tradition that actually dates back to the late 1950s.
Wednesday afternoon, local students gathered for lunch at Fellows Riverside Gardens and were given tours of local courts to see how they operate.
Organizers of the event say the program gives students the chance to understand the legal process in real life.
“It’s not quite like ‘Law & Order.’ Just doesn’t happen in 42 minutes, but it’s a process,” said Judge Carla Baldwin.
Senior Reporter Gerry Ricciutti, who has been covering the local courts throughout his career, was Wednesday afternoon’s guest speaker. He spoke about the rights and responsibilities involved in the freedom of speech and a free press.
Reporter Nadine Grimley also spoke at a Law Day event at the Hippodrome in Warren. That event was hosted by the Trumbull County Bar Association.
Several students were honored after placing first for their category in the Law Day Contest:
Grade 1: Dakota Lightfoot — Newton Falls Elementary
Grade 2: Maci Leigh Phillips — Brookfield Elementary
Grade 3: Kylee Molnar — Seaborn Elementary
Grade 4: Jeralynn Rudiak — Hubbard Elementary
Grade 5: Joscelyn Ferreri — JFK Catholic School, lower campus
Grade 6: Jacob Holloway — Niles Middle School
Grade 7-9: Ava Schlosser — JFK Catholic School, upper campus
Grades 10-12: Gannon Alan Fridley — JFK Catholic School, upper campus
Grades 5-12 Art Contest: Tanner Noble — LaBrae High School