By Ellee Sidebottom

I am a Senior at Tates Creek High School and the opportunity to intern at Commonwealth Attorney’s Office has been amazing. I started this internship with only previous knowledge I’ve gained from TV shows and though many things are similar, there is so much more that I’ve discovered and learned. I have been able to meet Judges, sit in while Mrs. Persley talks to victims, watch suppression hearings, Misdemeanor, Felony and Domestic Violence Court. I requested this site because the role of a Victim’s Advocate seemed very rewarding and immediately grabbed my attention.  I have learned that they are the middle-man, or middle-woman, to everyone else involved in a case. They communicate with the Police Department, Prosecutors, Defense Attorneys, Judges, and of course, the Victim(s). Their job is also to provide support to the Victims. They escort the Victim to court to make sure they are comfortable and safe, they may call and give updates about their case or they may provide resources such as VINE (Victim Information Notification Everyday) or a recommendation to “The Nest” (Center for Women, Children & Families) to help them through their difficult time. Victim’s Advocates and everyone else within or associated with the court system deserve way more credit than they get, but they do their job with a humble attitude and a heart full passion and that is something I will forever admire. There is never a boring day at Commonwealth Attorney’s Office and  I look forward to the rest of my time here!



By Julianna Breeze

During my time at the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, I’ve had the opportunity to learn more about the criminal justice and legal system, from start to finish. I’ve gotten to observe the duties of a crime victims’ advocate by listening to victims’ calls and seeing how they document their data from their caseloads. Along with that, I have also been able to observe preliminary hearings, misdemeanors and domestic violence cases in district and circuit courts. Because of my observations in court, I’ve been able to understand the way court works and how everyone’s position in the courtroom comes into play. While at the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, I was introduced to new concepts and learned something new every day.







Lissy Taylor

I’m a senior at Sayre School and as part of my second semester I had to find an intern to give me a better idea of what I would like to study in university and pursue as a career.  I chose to apply to intern at the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office because I had been accepted at  Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge to study Law and a good family friend had recommended this office because of the friendly staff and the involvement the interns are given. I also had to attend AP classes while I had my internship, so both the office and my school being downtown was extremely practical.  I have had the opportunity to experience hearings and trials as well as work on transcriptions for a case. I enjoy interning here because I’m given work that helps cases instead of just getting cups of coffee and I have really enjoyed being able to experience the courtroom.



 
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