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Thursday, Apr. 7, 2016
High school students participate in Student Government Day at SJC
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High school students from schools across the commonwealth learned about the state judiciary and the appellate process during Student Government Day at the Supreme Judicial Court on April 1.

The students began their day participating in activities at the State House and learning about the state's Executive, Judicial and Legislative branches. Appeals Court Justice Mark V. Green addressed the students on behalf of the Judiciary. Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito greeted the students and spoke on behalf of the Executive Branch. President of the Senate, Stanley Rosenberg, and Speaker of the House of Representatives Robert A. DeLeo spoke on behalf of the Legislative branch.

The students then went to the John Adams Courthouse, where Supreme Judicial Court Justice Margot Botsford spoke to the students about her role as a judge and the role of the appellate courts within the judiciary. The two clerks of the Supreme Judicial Court, Eric Wetzel, first assistant clerk for the county of Suffolk, who spoke on behalf of Clerk Maura S. Doyle, and Francis V. Kenneally, clerk for the commonwealth, educated the students about their roles as clerks and the history and founding of the Supreme Judicial Court. SJC law clerks also engaged the students in a discussion of their roles during a pizza lunch.

Established in 1947, Student Government Day is sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to encourage students to learn about the role and function of the three branches of government through observation and active participation.