UNION COUNTY — School is out for the summer, but the youth Explorers of Law Explorer Post 629 are continuing their journey of learning more about the law and experiencing the sights and sounds of their chosen area of interest. Taking advantage of the summer vacation, the youth Explorers visited the Union County Courthouse to talk with judges, clerks and experience real cases on a day-long trip with two of their advisers.
First they were greeted by Ms. Linda Wiggins, Ombudsman, and her staff who took the Explorers and their advisers to meet with Judge Alan G. Lesnewich. Lesnewich spoke with the Explorers in chambers and answered questions about the court system and his experiences as a Superior Court Judge and formerly as an attorney.
Next, the Explorers were escorted to Special Civil Part where they sat in on a damages hearing and at the conclusion of the case had an opportunity to speak with Judge John Pisansky about his many years as a Superior Court Judge where he told the Explorers many stories about his years in service. Pisansky also posed for a picture with the group, which the Post members agreed was “very cool.”
Lastly, the youth Explorers of Law Explorer Post 629 were escorted to Criminal Part where they sat in on the testimony of a defendant and closing arguments by defense counsel and the prosecutor in a drug related matter. During the lunch break, Judge William A. Daniel took time out to address the Explorers and their advisers to discuss the procedures in criminal cases and how they differ from civil and family part proceedings.
The Explorers also enjoyed a weekend of camping and canoeing at Swartswood State Park learning about the importance of teamwork. They cooked all the meals from Friday night to Sunday morning as part of their character building activities.
Law Explorer Post 629 continues to meet during the summer and continues to plan for the summer months as well as for the 2013-2014 school year. Among their planned activities for the fall are a visit to the Supreme Court of New Jersey and other historical sites in Trenton and to the Supreme Court of the United States in Washington, D.C. as well as other historical sites.
The Law Explorer Post recruits on an ongoing basis year-round and is open to youth in Union County, ages 14-20, who are interested in exploring Law and Government. A junior Law Post is also being created for youth ages 11-13. Law Explorer Post 629 will have an information session for general recruitment on the afternoon/evening of Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at the Linden Free Public Library. All are encouraged to attend and meet some of Post 629’s Explorers and advisors.
Law Explorer Post 629 is chartered by the Law Offices of Lucia E. Perpina, Esq., LLC in Linden, New Jersey. Contact Lucia E. Perpina, Esq., (908)718-5877 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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