The students met under the Capitol rotunda and proceeded to the second floor Supreme Court chambers. They were greeted by the deputy marshall of the Supreme Court, Kevin Pond. Each student was given a one-page statement of the facts in the case of State v. Blatterman. Before oral arguments began, Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson introduced the class to the Court.
“Receiving a legal science degree in the state’s capitol has a lot of advantages. The opportunity to observe the Wisconsin Supreme Court and to hear how the judicial system functions at its highest level in this state is a great privilege,” Erica Healey, paralegal studies executive program chair, said.
Although the students prepared for oral arguments during previous lectures on the elements of an arrest, the attorneys kept it lively.
After the court proceeding, the students adjourned to Ian’s Pizza on Capitol Square to have a discussion about what they had observed.
“It was a good experience,” student Sidney Butler said.
Student Jessica Davidson said that she would like to go again and is also interested in observing a case at the Dane County Circuit Court.
“I think it is important that the students get these kinds of experiences. What they see in court relates back to what they have been learning over the course of their degree,” Healey said. “The Criminal Law class is facing the Cyber Forensics class in a mock trial in five weeks. Hopefully, this will inspire the students’ performance!”