New twist to Law Day event
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Marian Catholic High School's mock trial team listen's to testimony during a mock trial held at the Carbon County Courthouse Friday morning. Marian's defense team consisted of, from left, Christina Leone, Victoria Vetter and Chelsea Sheehan.
The Carbon County Bar Association held its annual Law Day program at the courthouse in Jim Thorpe. The Law Day observance began in 1958 when then President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued a proclamation establishing it. Law Day is traditionally held on May 1, but because that date fell on a Saturday this year, the program was held Friday.
This year the program had a new twist to it in that the mock trial portion of the program had teams from Marian and Palmerton high schools participating. The Marian team was at the defense table, while the Palmerton team was the prosecution.
The case was a homicide in which the body was never found, but the prosecution had a motive and weapon.
The teams presented opening arguments and questioned and cross-examined witnesses and then closing arguments. The jury panel was made up of students from the other schools that attended the program. In addition to Marian and Palmerton, also sending students were Lehighton, Jim Thorpe, Panther Valley, Weatherly high schools and the Carbon Career & Technical Institute. Also attending was the third-grade class from Towamensing Elementary school in the Palmerton district.
The Law Day program is organized and conducted by the Young Lawyers' division of the bar association.
The program also included students viewing the county jury orientation video. Remarks were also made by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II and Judge Steven R. Serfass. Jean A. Engler, chancellor of the bar association, welcomed those attending and introduced the speakers.
The Young Lawyers' Division committee that handled the program included Angela M. Stehle and Jason M. Rapa, co-chairpersons; Kim M. Christie, Matthew Rapa, Sarah J. Tomlinson, Adam Weaver, David Y. Liebhaber and Daniel Devlin.
District Judges Edward M. Lewis and Casimir Kosciolek, handled the trial.
The bar association officers in addition to Engler, are James R. Nanovic, first vice chancellor; David B. Shulman, second vice chancellor; Kim R. Roberti, treasurer; and Angela M. Stehle, secretary.