When she was elected to the County Board of Supervisors, Sequanna Taylor vowed that she would create a Youth Courthouse day to acquaint students with the legal system. One year later, she led two groups of high school students through the halls of Milwaukee County Courthouse, 901 N. 9th St.
“I want to educate youth on the legal system and possibly inspire them to pursue a career in the system,” she said. “There are more job opportunities than just a lawyer and a judge.”
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Taylor invited students from Barack Obama High School, Transition High School and Holy Redeemer High School to tour the courthouse and learn about court proceedings. During the visit, students viewed a hearing presided over by Milwaukee County Judicial Court Commissioner Barry Phillips and participated in a mock trial.
“It’s important that they see what goes on,” said Phillips. “My goal is to make sure none of these kids make it here.”
Coreena Moore, a junior at Holy Redeemer High School, had been in a courtroom after the death of her relative, Japhet Moore, 14, who was shot and killed last July.
“It was interesting and I learned something new,” she said. “It even made me think of possibly changing my future career choice from a nurse to a lawyer.”