Posted by: Lawyer Sanders | May 14, 2010

Kentucky attorney Sanders salutes Alyse Bender for well deserved Law Day Award!

I am happy to announce that Alyse Bender, a second-year Chase student, received a Kentucky Court of Justice Law Day Award for her work as the Northern Kentucky Teen Court Coordinator. Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. presented Bender with the award on April 30 at the Annual Law Day Ceremony in Frankfort, Ky. Judge Karen Thomas, Chief Regional District Judge and ’85 Chase alumna, nominated Bender for the award.

Teen Court is part of Kentucky’s Administrative Office of the Courts Department of Juvenile Services Diversion Program and Law-Related Education. It provides first-time juvenile offenders the opportunity to participate in a less formal court process carried out by their peers who are the defense attorneys, prosecutors, and jurors.

Teen Court is a sentencing court in which a peer jury will recommend a constructive sentence for the juvenile after hearing the prosecution and defense present the case. As a coordinator for Northern Kentucky Teen Court, Bender prepares for and oversees juvenile court proceedings within the Teen Court Program.

Additionally, she educates teen court members on how to interview clients, prepare opening statements and closing arguments, develop direct and cross-examinations, and carry out juror responsibilities.

Having worked with Ms. Bender on Teen Court in Campbell County, I can truly say she earned it by lots of hard work, dedication and a passion for her community.  Good for her and certainly good for everyone working and living in our local community.  Keep up the great work Alyse!!

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