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Genesis Student Spotlights

Mary Grace Geise '19

Where and with whom did you do your Genesis?

I did my Genesis with Judge Deena Calabrese, a Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge and a Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Judge.

What was the highlight of your Genesis?

Sitting in on two trials was the highlight of my Genesis experience. I witnessed two trials: a sexual abuse trial and a homicide trial. Before the experience, I thought I would spend most of my time in an office, so to be able to sit right next to the judge and be a part of jury selection and the actual trials was incredible. I was able to see so much more than I thought I would.

I was also able to observe the Mental Health Court in action. It was really interesting to see because the court system working with social workers and community agencies to give someone with mental health issues a second chance and help reintegrate them into society.

What was challenging about your Genesis?

It was depressing and challenging to watch the sexual abuse case, especially to see a woman have to take a stand in front of the person who raped her. I also didn’t understand some of the legal vocabulary and process, but I was able to learn by asking a lot of questions.

Has Genesis influenced your plans for your college studies or career pursuits?

This experience brought to life my concern for social justice. I was able to learn a lot about the justice and prison system, and this tied into my previous learning and concerns about mass incarceration. I definitely want to continue learning more about criminal justice, but at this time, I plan to pursue my love of dance as my college major.

My Genesis experience was...

My Genesis experience was inspiring because of Judge Calabrese. She is one of the strongest women I have ever met. She was knowledgeable, respected, and tough. It was inspiring to be around her and see her in action!

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