For the 2nd year, the 36TH District Court hosted the Face of Justice Program on June 7, 2019. The Program is organized by the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee of the State Bar of Michigan and is a unique opportunity for students to learn about the judicial system and various legal professions as they consider their future opportunities. Students also have the chance to interact with an assortment of legal professionals such as judges, attorneys and law enforcement officials as they consider potential career paths.
This year’s students included 16 Police Cadets from Golightly Career and Technical Center located in Detroit. The Cadets were accompanied by Court of Appeals Judge, Cynthia Stephens and the Diversity Director of the State Bar of Michigan, Gregory Conyers. The students were greeted by Chief Judge Pro Tem, Larry D. Williams, Jr. and introduced to Court Administrator, Kelli Moore Owen and Deputy Court Administrator, LaWanda Crosby.
The Cadets observed court proceedings in the Traffic, Criminal, Civil and Felony Courtrooms of Judges Kenneth J. King, David S. Robinson, Jr., Donna Robinson Milhouse, Kenyetta Stanford Jones, Adrienne Hinnant-Johnson and Chief Judge Pro Tem, Larry D. Williams, Jr.
Court observation was followed by a Q&A session where the Cadets had time to ask questions and learn about the preparation, education and some of the reasons to pursue a career in the law, administration or law enforcement. Deputy Court Administrator, LaWanda Crosby, made the closing remarks and shared her views on the meaning, purpose and significance of public service careers. She encouraged the Cadets to pursue higher education, strive to reach their full potential, and thanked them for participating in the Program.
Kelli Moore Owen stated, “As a community leaders and public servants, I believe we must encourage, support and cultivate our future leaders. To do that, we must present our young scholars with opportunities, such as the Face of Justice Program, to discover the obtainable professions in the justice system and civil service and share how important those careers are to the community.”