MWCC students in the Litigation and Introduction to the Law courses spent the morning observing proceedings at the Gardner District Court on October 18 where their professor, Judge Mark Goldstein presided over sixty cases ranging from restraining orders to traffic and probation violations.
Judge Goldstein has been an adjunct instructor in the paralegal program at the Mount for 15 years. In between sessions, Judge Goldstein and Attorney and Professor, James Korman, spoke to students about what they had observed. Students also heard from Assistant District Attorney Emily Lombardi, Clerk-Magistrate and former State Representative Sheila Harrington, Chief Probation Officer Diane Massouh, and Chief Trial Court Officer Calvin Lopez before court resumed for the second part of the morning session.
The Gardner District Court facility serves as both the Gardner and Winchendon District Court home. The Gardner District is comprised of Gardner, Hubbardston, Petersham, and Westminster. The Winchendon District serves Ashburnham, Phillipston, Royalston, Templeton, and Winchendon. The Gardner District court typically handles a variety of legal matters, including civil, criminal, and traffic cases. Judge Goldstein was appointed first presiding justice at Gardner District Court in January 2021.
Learn more about what you can do with a degree in legal studies today!