Judicial responsibilities of political science and philosophy double major showcase inner workings of court
Noah Golovan ’23, a political and philosophy double major at The College of Wooster witnessed the atmosphere of the legal field first-hand this summer. Through an APEX Fellowship, he interned as an assistant bailiff beside Judge Lisa Coates at the Stow Municipal Court in Stow, Ohio. Understanding the justice system through his experience working with the court system led Noah Golovan to decide on a career as a litigator in the future. By confidently assuming his duties, Noah Golovan made efficient use of all the resources available. He also made sure to keep events running smoothly during the judge’s bailiff’s time off.
“The thing that interested me most about the position is that I was going to be working for a judge in a courtroom setting, experiencing the day-to-day activities of a legal profession.”
—Noah Golovan ’23
How did you learn about the internship opportunity for your APEX fellowship?
“I had acquired the connection from previous experiences. I knew my boss and approached her about an internship. I was already familiar with the position and what I was going to be doing, so I was extremely excited to get into the role.”
What were some of the things you did each day?
“Throughout my seven-week experience, I acted as an assistant bailiff. I controlled and updated the docket, made sure the judge had all forms and paperwork that she needed, coordinated with prosecutors about various cases, and acted as an assistant in the courtroom during hearings and arrangements. There were times when my judge’s bailiff was out on vacation, and I assumed the role of full bailiff, which gave me control over the judge’s schedule throughout the day. The thing that interested me most about the position is that I was going to be working for a judge in a courtroom setting, experiencing the day-to-day activities of a legal profession.”
Who was your mentor and how did they help you to succeed in this position?
“My mentor was Judge Lisa Coates. She was influential and made me feel comfortable in my position and gave me information when I had questions. I never felt uncomfortable asking questions when I was confused, and her insight allowed me to have a greater understanding of the criminal justice system, and the rules that everybody takes up in it.”
How has the internship helped you to see what’s next for you?
“The biggest thing I learned is that I know what kind of law want to do. Originally, I had no idea what I wanted to do, but now I know I want to be in the courtroom and be a litigator.”
Posted in Experiential Learning, Showcase Stories on August 15, 2022.
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