BY ROB ANDERSEN
Law Day for Warren County students came with a legal twist this year.
Times Observer photo by Rob Andersen
Eric Zavinski, a senior at Warren Area High School, portrayed the prosecuting attorney during a Mock Trial held at the Warren County Courthouse for Law Day on Thursday. While the annual event is normally presented by legal and judicial personnel, the students put it all together themselves this year.
Traditionally, Law Day presentations are given by attorneys, judges and other members of legal and judicial staff. However, Thursday's presentations were provided for the first time by students from the Mock Trial competitions held earlier this year.
The audience was composed of seniors from Youngsville and Sheffield high schools in the morning session, and Warren Area High School in the afternoon.
A courtroom drama based on a real trial held in Philadelphia last year was delivered by both seniors and underclassmen portraying prosecution and defense attorneys, witnesses and a defendant before Judge Gregory Hammond in the Warren County Courthouse's main courtroom.
Two counts of third degree murder were leveled against a woman owning and operating a construction site in Philadelphia when a crane collapsed, killing two people.
Christin Borger and Henry Borger were the attorney advisors for the Mock Trial, and Joe McClellan was the student advisor for WAHS. Christin Borger, who is also president of the Warren County Bar Association, said, "The kids did an awesome job. They practiced four or five times a week between November and February for the competition." The students lost in regional competition to Quigley Catholic, which went on to win the state finals. She added, "The audience of seniors and peers get to see what they actually did in the competition."
Judge Hammond spoke before the trial, saying the legal profession includes many different jobs. He added that if students were interested in pursuing a career in the field and needed information or advice, his door is always open.