The Court Is in Session 4/6/17 04/06/17 10:17:22 AM
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Certified Court Interpreter Adriana Hinojosa (seated in front) listens to Chief Justice Mike Heavican (center) then quickly translates his words into Spanish during a demonstration for the audience.
The Court Is in Session
By Lorraine Boyd
The Daily Record
The Nebraska Supreme Court brought their business to Omaha South High School in Omaha last week. They first made their annual visit to Creighton School of Law, hearing oral arguments all morning. Then in the afternoon they declared court in session in the school’s theater.
About 250 students from South watched the court scene unfold, including students in junior ROTC, National Honor Society, business law and law and government classes. ROTC students provided some of the security for the judges.
Carol Cleaver, the Nebraska Bar Association’s director/managing attorney of the Volunteer Lawyers Project and Douglas County Court Judge Lawrence Barrett were two of nearly a dozen alums who addressed the crowd.
Students were given a demonstration of how court interpreters translate complicated legal concepts for non-English-speaking defendants or plaintiffs. They also heard from South alumni who now work in the criminal justice field. The alums included the U.S. Marshal for the District of Nebraska, Omaha Police Department officers and administrators, attorneys and a gang specialist, who talked to the students about how important South was to fulfilling their career goals. The message they all sent: make the most of all that school offers, because “You can do it! You can be anything you want to be.”