On Wednesday, May 30th, students in the Delaware Jurist Academy
traveled to the Delaware County Courthouse in Media, PA to see a court in action. The trip offered the promising undergraduate students in the program a chance to see a court in action
Upon arrival, the students had a brief opportunity to ask questions of Delaware County Court of Common Pleas Judge and former Widener Law Professor Nathaniel C. Nichols in Hearing Room A1. Judge Nichols took questions on the most interesting thing about being a judge or lawyer, running for judicial office in Pennsylvania, and the length of a Delaware County Court of Common Pleas Judge’s term.
Asked what provided his initial interest in the law, Judge Nichols joked, “When I was young, I used to run my mouth, and everyone used to say, that boy is either going to be a preacher or a lawyer.’”
The students then witnessed Delaware County Court of Common Pleas Judge Chad F. Kenney hear cases in Court Room 12, primarily traffic violation appeals, although they also heard arguments in a harassment case and a disorderly conduct case. Judge Kenney also spoke to the students during brief breaks about court procedures and terminology. They also saw recent Widener Law alum Kimberly M. Renner, who graduated earlier this month, in action as she assisted the D.A.’s office with the caseload.
During a brief recess, Judge Kenney posed for some pictures on the steps of the Courthouse with the Jurist Academy students. Afterward, he answered a few questions from the students.
In the accompanying video, some of the participating students speak about the value of the visit.