Green Meadow Student Council had the opportunity to learn about the judicial system up close during a recent tour of the Rensselaer County Courthouse located in Troy.
Students were honored to meet and have conversations with Rensselaer County District Attorney Mary Pat Donnelly, Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin, Court Attorney Referee Jessica Mocerine, Assistant Public Defender Greg Cholakis, and many Supreme Court and County Court judges. These judges included: Honorable Patrick J. McGrath, Honorable Michael Melkonian, Honorable Debra J. Young, Honorable Jennifer Sober, and Surrogates Court Judge Honorable Paul V. Morgan.
Students learned about the duties and responsibilities involved in each of these roles, and they even saw a trial in session!
“This field trip was a wonderful experience for our student leaders,” said Green Meadow Principal Daniel Garab. “The opportunity to interact with so many government officials was both educational and fun. I was very impressed with our students’ detailed level of questioning. I appreciate the District Attorney, Judges, County Executive and Public Defender for taking time out of their busy schedules to meet with our students.”