Leadership Fellows Summer Experiences
|Summer Experience Profiles|
|L. Collin Cooper|
Leadership Fellows have an opportunity to serve in a public sector organization through a summer externship offered with course credit and a scholarship covering the tuition for the externship course and living expenses.
The following is one in a series of self-reported descriptions of the fellows' summer employment experiences.
Kelsey Roth '14
Name of Employer:
Guilford County District Attorney’s Office
Name of Position:
First Line Supervisor:
William Reavis, Assistant District Attorney
Description of activities:
Legal interns in the District Attorney’s office in Guilford County work firsthand in criminal law. Interns are able to work directly with both district court and superior court attorneys, assisting in court room activities and observation.
I assisted in running the daily docket for district court by calling the docket, issuing continuances, and researching criminal record levels. I also drafted indictments for superior court.
Partaking in trials was one of my favorite experiences while I was at the District Attorney’s Office. I interviewed witnesses and officers to assess the situation of the case, then reported the information to the assistant district attorney. I was able to observe several bench trials including DWI cases, assault and larceny cases. I witnessed how the law was applied and how statutes are interpreted. In superior court, I observed a jury trial from voire dire to verdict of a criminal rape, assault, and breaking and entering case. It was interesting to hear the questions for jury selection, motions from the attorney, and testimony from both the victim and the defendant.
Overall, I enjoyed my experience at the district attorney’s office. I saw the law I had learned in my 1L classes put into use. I also learned a lot that I had not come across yet in school. Seeing how the court system works is something that can’t quite be described in the classroom.