Field Trip to Albany
Our first stop was the New York Court of Appeals. Judge Graffeo, Associate Judge of the Court of Appeals, gave a fantastic one hour overview of the New York's judicial system, the role of women judges, judicial decision-making, and careers in the law. She also gave us a tour of the "secret robing room" behind Josh and Ben where the judges don their official robes.
Here is the Skidmore Bus in fron of the Cout of Appeals
Our second stop was the state capital where we had delicious lunch courtesy of the Dean of Studies, and then met with the Minority Leader of the Assembly, James Tedisco, in his personal office in the Capital. He was engaging, personable, informative, and funny. Even the hardcore liberals in the class agreed with NY Politics observer Alan Chartock, that "You’ve just got to love James Tedisco."
(Pictures to follow)
Here we are on the floor of the Assembly in front of the Speaker's desk, literally just hours after the Assembly passed its second on-time budget in 20 years.
Here we are on the steps of the State Legislature.