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Supreme Court held at Anchorage high school

By Shannon Ballard 8:03 PM February 21, 2014

Supreme Court justices and attorneys spent the day at West Anchorage High School

ANCHORAGE – As if the justice system isn’t complicated enough, imagine trying to teach it to high school students.

Alaska’s Supreme Court said it could be done.

That’s why the high court heard two actual civil cases Friday in a most unlikely place — West Anchorage High School.

It’s called Supreme Court Live and the audience was roughly 700 Anchorage teenagers.

“It’s exciting to have students who are absolutely engaged in their learning,” said Debbie Larue, and American government teacher Chugiak High School.

Senior Jacob Shercliffe is an example of that.

“I might be a little more passionate than most about it,” Shercliffe said. “My government teacher really got me into it and it really seems like such an interesting career.”

In the weeks leading up to the event, volunteer attorneys visited Anchorage high schools and worked with students, like Shercliffe, to understand the cases themselves.

“They ask wonderful questions. They’re obviously engaged,” said Appellate Clerk Marilyn May.

Live Court is authentic.

It shows how the justice system works in real life with real cases and you can see how interested some students are.

If they’re like Jacob Shercliffe, a day in Supreme Court Live may point to a lifetime in the profession.

Supreme Court Live also travels to Juneau, Barrow, Fairbanks and Sitka.

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