On January 23, Larimer Law attorneys Lawrence Bice, Jennifer Castaldo and Normal Polizzi volunteered their time at an event called “Learn Why Courts Matter: You Be the Judge,” put on by the Rochester chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women. At the event, which was open to the general public, participants were asked to be judges for a night and assess the constitutionality of a voter ID law from Wisconsin. Larimer Law attorneys, along with other attorneys and judges from the Rochester legal community, led small groups of participants through an analysis of the relevant laws and facts to reach a verdict.

The event also featured informative speeches by Hon. Karen Morris, Brighton Town Court Judge and Hon. Frank P. Geraci, Jr., Chief United States District Judge for the Western District of New York. Judge Morris spoke about the structure of the federal and New York court systems and the process that judges follow to analyze and decide cases. Judge Geraci gave a personal account of the exhaustive vetting process he went through in order to become a federal judge.

This well attended event was both entertaining and educational. Many thanks to the National Council of Jewish Women for bringing together the community around important issues that affect us all.

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