My name is Erin Vescio and I am a senior at Bryan Station High School. Last year, I decided to apply to be in the EBCE (Experience Based Career Education) program at my school in order to figure out what I wanted to do with my future. The program allows students to explore many different career fields that they may be interested and it helps them narrow in on what path they what to take after high school. I chose to spend my second rotation with the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office because my father used to be an attorney and that inspired me to look into law as a career choice.
I’ve always been interested in law. I would go to work with my dad and watch him work and I would watch any television show I could find that had something to do with law (Law and Order: SVU is one of my favorites). Before I came to the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, all I’d experienced was seeing paperwork being filled out and watching the made up stories on TV. Now, I’ve been able to go to court and watch different hearings and arraignments. I’ve also been able to see police reports that help me get the background of different cases I watch. Mrs. Gaylord has showed me how to make phone calls to victims and how to enter information into the computer. She’s taken me to court and explained the cases to me so that I wouldn’t get confused. She’s also taken me on a tour of different buildings and offices to meet new people, and I always recognize a few when we go to court. I get to see all the work that is put into each case, as well as the emotion. I see how much the people in the office care about the victims and their families and how much they try to help them with anything they need. Although I haven’t gotten to see a lot in the court room, I’ve gotten to see a lot outside of it beacuse of Mrs. Gaylord. All of what I’ve gotten to experience so far has been very interesting and educational, and I’m sure it will get even better as I experience more.
I haven’t been here very long, but I have enjoyed it so far. I’m hoping to see a lot more in the court room so that my experience here will be even better. I’ve learned a lot already, and that’s all thanks to Mrs. Gaylord. She takes time to explain anything I don’t understand and she’ll help me with anything I need. Because of her I’ve been able to meet and talk to so many new people which is something I really enjoy. I hope to experience so much more in the rest of my time here and with the help of everyone at the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, by the end of this rotation, I’ll know for sure whether law is the right choice for me.
My name is Wes Drawbridge and I am a senior at Lafayette High School. I am currently participating in the EBCE, or Experience Based Career Education. EBCE allows students to intern at multiple locations throughout Lexington in fields they are interested in. This program is very helpful because it allows us to experience real world tasks faced by potential careers before choosing a major instead of solely relying on classroom experiences. Law interested me especially and I was excited when I was accepted for this internship.
The legal system appealed to me because it is so important to our country and the way we live our lives. Before I started at the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office I had no idea of everything that went on outside of court. I am also gaining a new understanding of what the actions and outcomes of court mean. I have had the privilege of interning with Mrs. Gaylord and observing and participating in her tasks such as meeting with the victims, making phone calls to victims, recording all information and attending court. She has also shown all the steps in a court case to me from police reports to jury selection to the case itself along with the cases that don’t make it to court. I have met with victims affected by robbery, homicide and domestic violence. Seeing the attention given to these victims shows there is much more to the legal system than just the court cases. Attending court almost every day has been an extremely neat experience as well. I have been able to sit in on district and circuit arraignments, which were conveniently located in the same place. I was also able to attend a homicide trial where I listened to witnesses testify, lawyers opening statements and examinations and the courtroom regulations. Through these courtroom experiences I have learned a lot more about the roles of the judge and lawyers, and the rules of the courtroom.
My time here has been incredibly interesting. This internship has shown me a lot about law that I did not know and promises to teach me even more. The people here have been very friendly and helpful and I have learned a lot about each type of job from them. I have met with many different people involved in cases including: advocates, prosecutors, detectives, and the victims. I have seen a face of law that I didn’t know existed and it has greatly swayed me towards becoming a lawyer in the future. In the future I hope I will be able to help others and uphold justice as well as the people in this office do.
My name is Kaitlyn Carr and I am a senior at Tates Creek High School. I am currently participating in the Experience Based Career Education (E.B.C.E.) Program through my school. This programs allows students the opportunity to intern in many different career fields and aides them in figuring out what career paths they may be interested in following. I have several close family friends that are attorneys and judges who all rave about their jobs and that is what sparked my interest in pursuing a career in law.
I spent my first internship with an attorney who worked with mostly education, landlord-tenant, and public intoxication/ DUI cases. I found those cases to be interesting, but I knew that there were many different types of law that could be practiced and I wanted to explore those. At the Commonwealth Attorney’s office, I have learned about a variety of services that are provided to victims of robberies, abuse, etc. I have had the privilege of working closely with a Victim’s Advocate, Mrs. Gaylord. Mrs. Gaylord has been an excellent mentor to me and has gone out of her way to teach me everything there is to know about her area of law.
Since I started interning at the Commonwealth Attorney’s office, I have had the privilege of going to court almost every day and seeing how the attorneys and judges perform their jobs. It has been fascinating observing criminal court and seeing the process attorneys/judges go through to ensure a fair jury has been selected for their trials. I have had the opportunity to meet witnesses of homicide cases, as well as observe Domestic Violence Court and see the dynamics of the relationships that have brought those people to the court house. On days that we are in the office, I have had the chance to listen in on phone calls between Mrs. Gaylord and victims of robberies. This site has shown me a side of law I have never had the opportunity to see and I have enjoyed every day that I have spent here. The Commonwealth Attorney’s office is full of friendly people who are eager to help their interns and who truly care for their clients. I hope that, shall I choose to pursue a career in law, I can be as successful and respected as these attorneys are.
My name is Kala Brown and I am a senior at Lafayette High School. I decided to enroll in my school’s Experience Based Career Education (EBCE) program in order to explore my various career interests hands-on. I think this is incredibly important because what we learn in school often differs from the application of the concepts in real life.
My interest in the justice system stems from my desire to help people and make sure they are treated fairly. I have been shadowing Mrs. Briana Gaylord here at the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, who– as a victim’s advocate– ensures that peoples’ voices are heard. I have been able to observe her speaking with victims and therefore ensuring them that the people in the office are doing whatever they can to make sure justice is served. We have been able to go to court almost every day and witness many different trials. This has been very interesting because there is a lot more that goes into working in law than I anticipated. Attorney’s battle constantly to ensure that their client is treated in accordance with the law.
For the remainder of my experience here, I hope to gain a greater understanding of how the system works and even areas where it may not work. I think this experience will be very beneficial in helping me decide on a future career path.
I have had the pleasure of serving an internship at the office of the Fayette Commonwealths’ Attorney for the past 6 weeks. I am in the process of dumping Ray the DA, however before leaving I’m presenting him with a copy of our basketball schedule because I know he will want to attend a number of the games.
I have had a good time, I’ve learned a lot and am in the process of deciding whether I will return for another six-week stint. They are recruiting me hard. We’ll see. Stay tuned, Crime Fighters.
My name is Brooke Martinez and I am a senior at the University of Kentucky. I am currently studying social work and will graduate with my Bachelor’s of Social Work in December. I am interning with the Victim’s Advocacy Program at the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office and it has been the most amazing experience already and I have only been here for a short period of time.
While at this internship I have had the privilege of assisting many victims while their case has been in trial. This is usually a very difficult situation for the victims to endure. However, it is extremely rewarding to know that the services that we are providing to the victims impact their lives so dramatically. We, in collaboration with many other people, are able to provide them with some relief after the victimization that they have already suffered. I have been able to attend several trials, sentencing hearings, pretrials, arraignments, and status hearings while I have been an intern. I was also able to visit the Fayette County Detention Center and meet several detectives while at the Lexington Police Department.
I cannot explain how much I have enjoyed working with and getting to know Ray, the prosecutors, and the victim advocates at the office. Everyone has been extremely helpful and has contributed to making this an unforgettable experience. My time at the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office has also led me to finalize my decision to take the Law School Admission Test and pursue a career as an attorney. I am so grateful to Mr. Ray Larson for giving me the opportunity to intern at the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office and learn from so many talented people.
A number of people have asked Mr. Larson, and me, for that matter, “What’s with the ‘Lesson of the Socks’?” As a result, Mr. Larson has asked me to explain the valuable life lesson I have learned here during my internship at the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.
It all happened on the day of my interview for the internship. I got up, got dressed, I threw on the basics, shirt, tie, slacks, belt, loafers. Did I put on socks? I think we already know the answer to this question.
Once arriving at the office that morning for my interview, I had the chance to sit down and meet Ray Larson and discuss the internship. One of my fellow interns, Lucas Witt, was also there for an interview. Mr. Larson told us to introduce ourselves. Unfortunately, I mumbled my last name, and Mr. Larson asked me to pronounce my name more clearly so Lucas could understand it. I did, then Mr. Larson said “It’s important to annunciate your words so that when you go to Macy’s the sales clerk will understand you when you ask ‘Do you sell socks?’.”
Busted! He had me. So the lesson I learned that day was: when you come to a professional office, look the part. That includes socks.
We all laugh about it now, and I have also learned that if you can’t laugh at yourself then what can you laugh about?
My name is Tanner Huddleston and I am a senior at the University of Kentucky. I am lined up to graduate in May of next year with my Bachelors in Communications. My future goals consist of attending law school after my completion of undergraduate studies and then pursue a career as an attorney hopefully here in the state of Kentucky.
I was fortunate to have been given this opportunity to intern here at the Fayette County Commonwealth Attorney’s office. It has been a rewarding experience thus far as I have had the privilege of working with the prosecutors in the office. The experience that I have gained in attending trials, pre-trials, hearings, sentencing’s, etc. have already surpassed what I was expecting when coming into this office to contribute.
I could not have asked for a better office to work in that would provide me with this much experience and a great amount of knowledge of the subject that I wish to pursue a career in the future. Ray Larson and his employees here are working their hardest to ensure justice while also providing my fellow interns and I with an exceptional experience here in the office and I extend my gratitude to them for this opportunity.
My name is Lucas Witt and I am senior at the University of Kentucky where I am majoring in Communications. I am very fortunate to be able to have the opportunity to intern at the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office. EverydayI learn something new; whether it is how a pre trial is conducted, how to draft questions for a deposition, or even the meaning of walking around with your hands in your pockets. The main thing I have learned is that the reason the staff of the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office comes to work everyday is because they genuinely care about the work that they do.
I have to say that I was very nervous the day that I came for my interview for this internship back in April. I really wanted to land the internship because of the interest I had started to develop in going to law school and I thought it would be a great first step. I was asked to introduce myself in front of everyone at the morning staff meeting and then sat down and talked with Ray Larson. I quickly found out that I was going to be approved for the internship, which relieved my nerves, as you can imagine. Ray then asked me to come back to his office. With my nervousness gone I started walking with my hands in my pockets and Ray quickly turned around and said, “Get your hands out of your pockets!” Of course, I pulled my hands out faster than Usain Bolt would have. Ray then asked, “Do you know why we don’t walk around with our hands in our pockets?” I said, “No sir”. Ray then told me “Because we care about what we do here and if you walk around with your hands in your pockets it looks like you don’t care.”
Being a retired athlete of many years, I was looking to do something that was going to make me want to get out of bed in the morning. Interning here has done just that. I know I’m going to get a real life experience and more importantly I’m going to be learning from people that care about victims and the citizens of Fayette County.
My name is Sarah Cooley and I am a high school senior. I am enrolled in the EBCE program, which stands for Experience Based Career Education. This program allows students to go and visit different job sites that are in the different fields of work and help students get a better idea of what they really want to be when they grow up. My father is an attorney and ever since I was little I have wanted to follow in his footsteps and pursue a career in law. After college I plan to go to law school and become an attorney.
Before coming to the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, I thought I had a pretty good grasp on what lawyers really did from watching my dad; but I was wrong. Here at the office I have had the privilege of working with a Victim’s Advocate, Mrs. Gaylord. She has been a great mentor and has really showed me what it would be like to become an attorney. I thought that lawyers just had clients and if they had a reasonable case they went to trial. However that does not always happen. Actually I learned that most defendants end up pleading to their charges and get either put on probation, parole, or sent to jail. The attorneys here at the Commonwealth are here to make sure justice is served and they do an exceptional job.
So far I have been able to go to court almost every day and observe the attorneys at work in the court room. I really enjoy watching criminal court and seeing the sentencing of criminals and probation court. Back at the office, Mrs. Gaylord works hard to make sure victims of crimes are informed on where their case is and where the defendant is, whether s/he is still in jail or out of custody. I have gotten the opportunity to call, email, and send letters to victims and keep them up to date on their case. I have also learned that documentation is key to everything that happens, so you can always back up what you say with facts much like lawyers do. I really enjoy communicating with victims and making them feel better about the process in which their case is going through. Over alii have really enjoyed my time here at the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office with all the friendly people and have learned a lot about the real court process. I hope to one day be just like the lawyers here and help people get justice.