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OSBF Fellows connect with middle school students through Court Career Day Program

Ohio State Bar Foundation Fellows Judge Taryn Heath and Magistrate Kristen Moore have been hard at work creating the Court Career Days Program at Lehman Middle School.


The General Division of the Stark County Court of Common Pleas is pleased to announce their partnership with the Canton City School District in an innovative project to expose students to career opportunities in the court system. Various and diverse court personnel will visit classes at the College and Career Readiness Academy at Lehman March 2-3. Over two days all 205 eighth graders at the school will talk directly with judges, attorneys, probation officers, administrative assistants, counselors, and pretrial release personnel, during classroom presentations and Q&A sessions.

The Common Pleas judges endorsed the project developed by Judge Taryn Heath as part of a project conceived in her Ohio State Bar Foundation Fellows program. She will be directly assisted by Magistrate Kristen Moore (also an OSBF fellow). The project is designed to bring the Court to Canton City youth in an effort to inspire career choices and understanding of the court system. “This is a unique opportunity to break down barriers, increase understanding, connect with students, and ultimately improve our justice system.” –Hon. Taryn L. Heath 

The project took off when Judge Heath connected with Assistant Principal Tomier Davenport at an ABCD (A Better Community Development Corporation) Board meeting. Mr. Davenport, Principal Janet Peare, teacher Karen Zutali, as well as Superintendent Adrian E. Allison and Assistant Superintendent Daniel Nero were integral in developing the Court Career Days Project.

Allison said he is always pleased when successful adults in the community partner with the district to help guide students towards success. “I would like to thank Judge Heath and her team as well as the team at the College and Career Readiness Academy for creating this exciting partnership. One of the primary missions of the Academy is to set the stage for what success looks, feels and sounds like after graduation. The opportunity to learn directly from employees of the Stark County Court of Common Pleas will inspire our students to pursue careers they had never before considered,” Allison said.

The second portion of Court Career Days will include class visits to the Stark County Court of Common Pleas to observe the justice system in operation during the week of March 14, 2016. Students will have the opportunity to observe the various employees, agencies, and procedures involved with the criminal justice system.

For more information on Court Career Days, please contact:

Magistrate Kristen Moore, 330.451.7716


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