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Cooke students visit Lawrence H. Cooke Court House

February 6, 2012

Judge LaBuda with Cooke studentsFifth grade students from Yesenia Kreeger, Melanie Hector, Connie Ast, Sharon Strysko and Jeanmarie Brenner’s classes recently enjoyed a trip to the Lawrence H. Cooke Sullivan County Court House, where they were greeted by George L. Cooke, commissioner of jurors.

Cooke is the grandson of Hon. George L. Cooke, the namesake of our elementary school, who was a Sullivan County District Attorney and County Court Judge. In addition, Cooke is the son of Hon. Lawrence H. Cooke, who was the Chief Judge of the State of New York, for whom the Sullivan County Court House is named.

Students were escorted into a court room where a number of prospective jurors Fifth graders with Judge LaBudawere seated and awaiting instructions on a potential trial by Hon. Frank L. LaBuda, County Court Judge LaBuda and Cooke gave a fascinating and informative narrative of the workings of the judicial court system, including selection of jurors, trial procedures, duties of defending and prosecuting attorneys, etc. The students were very inquisitive and asked many excellent questions.

To add an extra bonus, the field trip was concluded with a visit to Judge LaBuda’s chambers for a view of a very impressive, huge stuffed black bear. This is the first bear that many of the students ever saw close-up.

Assisting in chaperoning this field trip were Jane Sorensen, EPIC program coordinator, several teacher aides, parents and Monticello Kiwanis Club representatives.

Photos: Judge LaBuda and George L. Cooke with students in Yesenia Kreeger and Melanie Hector's fifth grade classes.

Judge LaBuda with students in Connie Ast, Jeanmarie Brenner, Sharon Strysko’s fifth grade class.