Students in Fort Hays State University's Pre-law Society recently traveled to Lawrence and Topeka.
Students attended hearings before the Kansas Court of Appeals, sitting at the University of Kansas School of Law, and heard Scott Turow, prosecutor, defense attorney and novelist, give a lecture on capital punishment.
In Topeka, students met with Judge Henry W. Green Jr. and Judge Jerry G. Elliott of the Kansas Court of Appeals and retired Supreme Court Justice Edward Larson. They toured the Kansas Judicial Center, which houses both appellate courts. They met state Sen. Terry Bruce, R-Hutchinson, a political science graduate of FHSU, who gave them a tour of the Capitol and met with various other state representatives.
"Overall, it was a great trip and a good educational experience for everyone," said Elisa Weselis, instructor of political science.
Students who attended are Yi Jin, senior, and Yiping Ye, junior, from China; Matthis Goodley, Goodland junior; Austin Cutright, Hays junior; Star Goff, Hays sophomore; and Chasen Katz, Lewis senior.