Sandusky County Students Watch Justices in Action at Off-Site Court
By Jenna Gant | September 17, 2015
Sandusky County students watched Ohio Supreme Court arguments unfold at host school Fremont Ross High School on Sept. 16.
About 400 high school students from a dozen schools participated in the Off-Site Court Program. The justices travel across Ohio twice a year to enhance students' understanding of the legal system by providing an opportunity for them to observe Supreme Court proceedings in person and to interact with justices, attorneys, and court staff.
"We're delighted to be here in Sandusky County for today's oral arguments. This is our first time visiting, and we're very pleased that the invitation was extended," Chief Justice O'Connor said.
Students were able to meet with the justices for a question-and-answer forum and later discussed the legal issues with the case attorneys.
Caleb Calvillo, who wants to become a corporate lawyer, said it was a wonderful experience.
"I was surprised by the way that the justices sort of attacked both sides," Calvillo said. "You could tell they don't take a stance at all. They try to keep their opinions out of it."
He said he learned more about the judicial system after observing the justices in action.
"I like the arguing part because I'm in speech and debate, and I really like that so I feel like that prepares me for my future," Calvillo said.
This was the 71st time the court held oral arguments outside Columbus since the Off-Site Court Program started in 1987.
Participating schools included Fremont Ross, Old Fort, Clyde, Lakota, Margaretta, Bellevue, Gibsonburg, Woodmore, and St. Joseph Central Catholic high schools; Temple Christian Academy and Harvest Temple Christian Academy; and students from Vanguard Career and Technical Center.