The Court System from a Social Worker Perspective

My name is Linda, and I’m a fourth year Bachelor of Social Work student at York University. I am currently completing my practicum experience at WomenatthecentrE, an organization devoted to transforming lives and eradicating violence against women. Everything about the organization appealed to me, but I became particularly interested when I was introduced to the Court Watch program.
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The Trials of Observing Trials

Similar to the other volunteers here on the blog, I became involved in the Courtwatch project thanks to Adam. I recently completed a master’s degree in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies at York University and while my thesis focused on the issue of how to make high school curriculum more inclusive, the lack of formal teaching and discussion of healthy relationships in schools is one I have always found troubling. Read more “The Trials of Observing Trials”

Please Mind the Gap

Just like my fellow volunteer Ariel, I was also convinced by my friend Adam into joining WomenatthecentrE’s Courtwatch initiative. It didn’t take much coaxing, however, for me to realize how great of an opportunity this was to help out in the community, particularly at the grassroots level. I am a recent graduate from the University of Miami with a psychology degree, also having minored in sociology. Read more “Please Mind the Gap”

The Court System Through the Lens of a Courtwatch Volunteer

When my friend and fellow volunteer Adam began discussing the Courtwatch program with me, I became instantly engrossed and wanted to know how I could become involved. My interest was particularly keen because, as someone who has always felt that it was important to help out and become involved within our community, I believed this initiative was a way in which I could do my part. Read more “The Court System Through the Lens of a Courtwatch Volunteer”

Courtwatch 2013’s FIRST EVER BLOG POST!

I walked into the courtroom just as I had on many other mornings this summer, expecting to hear a charge read and then, probably, a long and complicated explanation for why this particular case would NOT be heard today.  Deliberations put off for another month so the prosecution could get their case better together, or perhaps the wrong person had got stuck in traffic on their way, or simply that a necessary letter had gotten lost on its way to the defense. Read more “Courtwatch 2013’s FIRST EVER BLOG POST!”

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