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- Supreme Court Judge Hosts Criminal Justice Students for Q and A Session
Supreme Court Judge Hosts Criminal Justice Students for Q and A Session
November 10, 2011
(Pictured from left to right above: Criminal Justice Club Co-Advisor, Professor Jennifer Balboni, SGA President Natalie Petit, T.J. White, the Honorable Justice Margot Botsford, Christopher Walsh, Jim Kominsky, Kara Lombardi, Katy Kolodziejczyk, and Marie Murphy)
In the fall of 2011, the Curry College Criminal Justice Honors Society and Criminal Justice Club toured the John Adams Court in downtown Boston. The recently renovated courthouse is home to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, the court of last resort (highest appellate court) for the Commonwealth.
The Honorable Supreme Judicial Court Justice Margot Botsford hosted the Curry group for a question and answer session where she discussed her career trajectory, her experiences as a judge and as a prosecutor, and her current role on the Supreme Judicial Court. Students were able to ask Justice Botsford about her views on the legal system, the SJC's workload, and cases over her tenure as a judge which deeply affected her.
In addition to the session with the Justice Botsford, students toured the Grand Hall, the SJC courtroom, and the Sacco and Vanzetti room. The Club is especially grateful to Discovering Justice, a non profit organization that faciliated that tour and meeting with the justice.
"Touring the John Adams Courthouse and getting to meet Honorable Margot Botsford was an astonishing experience that I will never forget. It was a remarkable opportunity for the Criminal Justice Honor Society here at Curry; it gave us all a better perception on what really happens within the court system," said Chrstopher Walsh '12.