Students learn about ‘Law and Order’ and about law and order

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By Danielle Killey

State Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Gildea has seen a lot of “Law and Order.”

“I love it, I watch it constantly, it has nothing to do with real life,” she told more than 600 Roseville Area High School students.

It was one of many answers to students’ questions Monday. After hearing oral arguments on a case in the school’s auditorium, the justices took off their robes and sat on stage to talk to students about preparing for cases, running for election, curbing personal opinions and how they got involved in law.

“I never wanted to be a judge,” Justice G. Barry Anderson said. “I kind of stumbled into it accidentally.”

He also talked about a television show, saying he was inspired by “Perry Mason” to become a lawyer, though Gildea noted many of the students probably had never seen that one.

The justices shared how the job impacts their personal lives.

“We are public figures,” Justice Wilhelmina Wright said. “Many times when you least expect it, people are watching.”

One student asked the judges for any advice on going to college.

“Take your education very seriously,” Justice Alan Page said. “Don’t take yourself too seriously.”

The court has held hearings in schools since 1995 to try to help students better understand the court system. The Roseville visit was the 37th in-school oral argument.

The justices also ate lunch with students and visited classrooms Monday.

“This was a wonderful opportunity for both the court and the young people involved,” Justice Christopher Dietzen said.

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