Law Students Witnessed Complex Business Litigation at Hillsborough County Courthouse
June 20, 2012 – On Thursday, June 14, 2012, Hillsborough County Circuit Court Judge Christopher Sabella escorted a group of eight students from Cooley Law School's Tampa Bay campus on a guided tour through the Hillsborough County Courthouse. Campus Deputy Director Carly Wolf attended and helped organize the excursion.
Judge Sabella took students into a variety of courtrooms at the 13th Judicial Circuit Court: Students witnessed complex business litigation under Judge Herbert Baumann, Jr., probation violators under Judge Daniel L. Perry, a three-count aggravated battery trial involving a police officer and a pair of stilettos under Judge Ronald Ficarrotta, juvenile delinquency proceedings under Judge Tracy Sheehan, and even a firearms expert's testimony in a first-degree murder trial under Judge E. Lamar Battles.
Judge Sabella wrapped up the excursion by inviting the students into his chambers for lunch to discuss all the proceedings they watched throughout the day.
About Cooley Law School: Founded in 1972, the Thomas M. Cooley Law School is a private, nonprofit, independent law school accredited by the American Bar Association and the Higher Learning Commission. Cooley has provided its more than 16,000 graduates with the practical skills necessary for a seamless transition from academia to the real world. Cooley offers its Juris Doctor program, Joint Degree programs, and Master of Laws programs three times a year with enrollment in January, May and September. Cooley Law School has campuses across Michigan in Lansing, Auburn Hills, Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor, and its new campus in Tampa Bay, Florida.