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PHS students witness Court of Appeals in action

 

Parkview High School students had a unique opportunity to view the Missouri Court of Appeals, Southern District, in action. The school is the first Springfield high school to be selected to host an actual court session at school. As an educational opportunity, the Missouri Court of Appeals has hosted similar sessions at the university level but never at a high school in Springfield.

On Wednesday, Feb. 20, about 150 PHS students observed an appeals session regarding a personal injury case. A panel of three appellate court judges heard arguments by attorneys representing the plaintiff and defendant. The case involved a University of Missouri veterinary student who was injured while vaccinating cattle for a farm owner.

PHS teacher Grant Partee said this experience enabled students to see what they learn in action. “This is an opportunity to see the judicial branch at work. We study all three branches (of government) but to see it will be eye opening for them and make what we discuss in the classroom real.”

When the session adjourned, students were able to talk to the lawyers involved in the case and ask questions about what they observed. Several students mentioned the experience inspired them to consider law as a potential future career.