Blue Cliff criminal justice students visit St. Martinville court
By George Hebert Jr.
ST. MARTINVILLE – Criminal justice students at Blue Cliff College in Lafayette took a field trip to 15th Judicial District Judge Paul deMahy’s courtroom here Tuesday, March 10, to see first hand how arraignments are done.
One student Alisha Armstead said, “I am looking forward to one day working in the court house.”
Alisha is a senior and president of Sigma Kappa Lambda. She will be graduating in July, 2009.
“We are the future of criminal justice and I want to make a positive impact on our community,” said another students, Monissa Brothers.
Monissa was just hired by the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office.
“We want our students to be well rounded and receive not only a good education but also experience real life situations,” said Dr. Lynnie Heath, an instructor at Blue Cliff College.
“Judge Paul deMahy gave us just that. He explained his court procedures and open his courtroom for questions from the students. We thank him very much for that.”
Heath also expressed gratitude to Bailiff Anthony Davis.
“He was very professional in keeping order in the court room and answering questions,” Heath said.
A second field trip will be Thursday, March 19, when the students will be hosted by Shelly Picard, assistant warden of the St. Martin Parish Correctional Center. They will see first hand how the jail is run.
They are excited and ready, Dr. Heath said.
Blue Cliff College, a division of Education Management, Inc., is a private technical school with campuses in Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas.