Notre Dame College Partners with South Euclid Court, Students Job Shadow Justice Careers

Nearly three dozen Notre Dame College students are taking part in a personal job shadowing experience with a Cleveland-area judge.

The students, many of whom are criminal justice majors at the College, are scheduled to spend time in the South Euclid Court of Judge Gayle Williams Byers on Tuesday, November 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The court is located at 1349 S. Green Road in South Euclid, Ohio.

During time on the job with the judge, the Notre Dame students will observe the proceedings of the court in real time and watch the roles played by the various individuals involved in the judicial process, from court reporter and deputy to attorney as well as judge. The undergraduates also will have lunch with the judge in her private chambers, where they will be able to ask questions about what they see in court as well as any other legal or career questions they may have.

The students are expected to observe bench trials and sentencing hearings, mostly for misdemeanor crimes and traffic cases.

Byers is serving her second six-year term as municipal court judge. She was re-elected in November 2017.

Notre Dame resides within the jurisdiction of the South Euclid Municipal Court, which serves all of the City of South Euclid, including the area of the Cleveland Metroparks within the city borders.

The court consists of a criminal division and a civil division. Byers presides over both. The criminal division handles traffic cases and misdemeanor criminal cases. The civil division handles complaints up to $15,000, small claims up to $3,000 and eviction cases.

Through the job shadowing, Notre Dame students observe and gain better understandings of what professionals in the field do on a daily basis and the culture in which they work. In addition, the active learning experiences help prepare students for networking opportunities.

The endeavor, coordinated by Notre Dame’s Career Services Center, also assists organizations like the court with early identification of future employees, as well as student interns.

November 2018

About Notre Dame College

For almost a century, Notre Dame College has educated a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, the College has grown strategically to keep pace with the rapidly changing needs of students and the dramatic changes in higher education. But it has never lost sight of its emphasis on teaching students not only how to make a good living but also how to live a good life.

Today, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master's degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. Notre Dame College offers NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women and is located in a picturesque residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from the heart of Cleveland. Hallmarks of the Notre Dame experience include stimulating academics, personalized attention of dedicated faculty and staff, and small class sizes.

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