Attorneys key to Y&G’s success
Attorneys play an essential role in Y&G, but they feel at times that they are overlooked.
When asked if she would change anything about the attorney program, Karen Whisler from Stevenson High School said, “A lot of people don’t really understand what attorneys do here, so I’d like to see them be more represented in government.”
Many people don’t understand what exactly attorneys do.
In an attempt to clarify, Ruth Thorne from Naperville High School said, “We either argue for or against a fake person in a fake trial based on a real life [circumstance]… First, what we do is we go to trial and act out a courtroom trial. We bring up case facts in favor or against the defendant. After the trial, no matter who wins, we assume that we lost, and then go on to appeal for another trial from issues that might’ve happened during the case that the defendant didn’t get a fair trial for.”
Cheryl Liu from Neuqua Valley High School added, “The attorneys at Springfield basically participate in a mock trial appeal process. We either argue for or against the defendant that they received a fair or unfair trial depending on which side you’re on.”
Whisler likes the process of the Y&G attorney system.
“I think it’s probably the most realistic way to actually see what lawyers do because usually when you think of a lawyer, you usually think of someone who just screams objection in like a courtroom,” she said.
Whisler also added, “I would like to see them be more represented in government because they’re misunderstood by the general population.”
Some just got into the attorney program by chance.
Prashant Shankar of Metea Valley High School said, “I wanted to do the one [job] that was easier, and I wasn’t at the meeting where it said that being an attorney is harder than being an legislator, so I thought being an attorney was easier. I chose being an attorney, and I found it to be hard but it’s a lot of fun.”
(written by Lauren Manion and Haley Mierzejewski, Williamsville)