Judge for a Day


Jawan Douglas

We invited student’s grades tenth through twelfth to apply to be “Judge for a Day”.


“Students from the high school are to write an essay for the reputation of a judge in the public world, and how it is to be displayed,” Jawan Douglas, junior said.


The purpose of this program is to help students understand how a municipal court really operates and understand the rigor and rewards of being a judge. There is a certain criteria required to apply. DHS and Freshman Campus staff will review applications send the top five student applications to the district committee for consideration. The Selection Committee will pick two students to spend the day with the judge, one in the fall and one in the spring.  The students are evaluated on competitive grades, attendance, citizenship, teacher and community recommendations and an essay.


“The participants including I, along with a couple of juniors, some sophomores and a few seniors. Names weren’t revealed,” Douglas said.


Jawan was announced winner as of January 12, 2016.


“I was selected based upon the decision of Mrs. Robin Ford, College & Career Readiness Coordinator. She called me to the senior suite, and told me my essay needed work, but I was still selected to be Judge of the Day,” Douglas said.


The deadline was December 2nd, 2015 at 5:00 pm. The wait was long but it was worth it.


“I felt that it was an accomplishment for myself and my family, because even though I plan to become a fashion designer, I’ve always had a good understanding for cases and the criminal side,” Jawan said. “This was some what of a key way to know figure out if I would one day become either a judge or an attorney.”


The City of Desoto values community involvement and school partnerships. They try anyway they can to be a positive influence to students.


“It was their decision, because we need to have experience in the career fields, so they decided those of us who wanted to be judges would gain an opportunity to witness this and experience what is like in the criminal justice field,” Douglas said.