Court was gaveled into session at Maspeth High School last week as the school cut the ribbon on its student courtroom.
A former practicing attorney, state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) attended the opening to check out the room’s life-like set up that will allow students to see what a courtroom is like and have them practice first-hand what it would be like to have a career in the legal field. The courtroom will be used by the school’s Law Club, and students will also have the opportunity to dispute a punishment they received from a teacher. The courtroom was the idea of history teacher Sarah Jabbar, the Law Club’s advisor, who spearheaded its creation.
“The courtroom established inside Maspeth High School will serve as one of the most valuable resources for these students, whether they are interested in law or just starting to figure out what career path is the right one for them,” said Addabbo. “This is a wonderful opportunity to gain real-world experience in a number of career fields, and Maspeth High School is fortunate to have such an exciting program right inside school walls. I commend all the teachers and students involved in making this courtroom a reality and urge every student to take advantage of such a unique opportunity.”