HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The Alabama Supreme Court’s visit to Huntsville was about business, hearing oral argument regarding a drug case.
But the audience is what made the experience unique. The Huntsville-Madison County Bar Association coordinated to get approximately 1,200 high school seniors from public and private schools around the county to give them an up-close view of the legal system.
Leading up to the hearing, lawyers visited classrooms to brief students on the case.
“This is a great group of students so just to give them this opportunity to see this type of government action is something I’m sure they’ll appreciate for years to come,” said Cory Wright, government teacher at Bob Jones High School in Madison.
The hope, according to multiple justices, is that it would encourage students to be involved citizens and possibly pursue careers in law.
“Twenty years ago, as an attorney in the Attorney General’s Office, I participated in an oral argument in this very building,” said Justice Tom Parker.
He went on to say that another attorney had leaned over and said that he witnessed a similar hearing in the very same room when he was in high school, just like Wednesday’s students.
“He decided right then and there to go to law school, and there he was 14 years later, coming full circuit, after being inspired by what he saw,” said Parker.
That, he says, is the desired effect. For Randolph High School senior Raymond Carter, the day could be a turning point for students like him.
“I’m really interested in politics, I’m watching the presidential race and I’m thinking about becoming a lawyer,” said Carter. “This takes it to another level, we get to see what we’re learning about and put it into practice.”