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Students go behind-the-scenes at a working court during Shadow Day at the George Edgecomb Courthouse


Story by third-year student Valeria Obi

Valeria Obi is student president of FAWL.

Valeria Obi is student president of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers at Stetson.

Stetson Law students had an opportunity to go behind-the-scenes at a working court during Shadow Day at the George Edgecomb Courthouse in Tampa on Oct. 23.

The Florida Association for Women Lawyers at Stetson and the Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers co-sponsored the mentoring program for law students.

“Shadow Day was a great opportunity to become immersed in the practical application of the law,” said first-year Stetson Law student Alexandria Lewis. “Sometimes in school we lose sight of what the future holds, but touring the courthouse and sitting in on hearings reminded me of why I chose to become a member of the legal community.”

Students met with judges, visited courtrooms, and observed hearings and trials for cases ranging from wills and probate to domestic violence and juveniles, burglary and rape.

Shadow Day concluded with a panel discussion on judicial ethics, the career path to becoming a judge, and the positives and negatives of serving in the important role of judge.

Students also visited the Family Forms Clinic in the courthouse and learned of a valuable opportunity to do pro bono work.

For more information on programs and networking offered through the Florida Association for Women Lawyers at Stetson, contact the Office of Student Life.