When Judge David Zuckerman ascended to the bench at town court, he saw immediately that the judicial proceedings could serve as a valuable teaching tool for high school students in the Town of New Castle. He created an internship program for those interested in exploring the legal system.
There are currently ten students enrolled in the court intern program which began last year. Interns attend sessions of the town court which convenes every Thursday evening. After the court has been adjourned, they have the opportunity to discuss the proceedings with Judge Zuckerman. These meetings often include a lesson on a certain aspect of the law and lively discussions about national trials. “We talk about current events that are law-related,” Judge Zuckerman related. Many questions were posed regarding the Casey Anthony case.
In addition, guest speakers are invited to address the group. Guests have included, “an assistant district attorney, a private criminal defense attorney and other professionals who can give a more balanced perspective,” Judge Zuckerman mentioned.
The court rules on a wide variety of criminal cases including felonies, misdemeanors and violations which have taken place in the town of New Castle. Small claims and traffic infractions are also heard.
The program is extremely beneficial for the students. “I think that the kids are getting an early exposure to both the law and how the court system works,” Judge Zuckerman observed.
Inquiries may be directed to court clerk Diane DiCerbo at Ddicerbo@town.new-castle.ny.us or 238-7264.