By Sarah Morgan

I am a senior at Lafayette High School and am very interested in pursuing a career in law, as well as, theatre in the future. While I have been at the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, I have been able to attend court on multiple occasions, which have allowed me to experience how a trial works, and to see the different people who are involved in a case. Additionally, I have learned about the pre-trial work required with every case, such as making phone calls to victims’ families, and recording the information. I have really enjoyed my time at the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, and have gained more experience than I thought possible.

 



By Lauren Prather

At the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, I have had the opportunity to sit in on court cases since my first day in the office. I have learned the intricacies of the courtroom, and the different personalities that it takes to operate our criminal justice system. I have been able to experience how culture and religion play a part in law. I have also seen how dynamic and well-spoken one must be in the industry. I have enjoyed the hands-on learning during this internship. This site has inspired me to think more about the law as I continue into college.



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.



 
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