Sophomores witness justice in action through eyes of participants

Sociology major Ethan Patrick aspires to be an FBI agent.
October 29, 2013

With guest speakers like a justice on the Maryland Court of Appeals, the Westminster Chief of Police and a Baltimore City District Court judge, sophomores in “Justice, Fairness, and the Law” have a unique opportunity to learn about the legal system from key players within it.

On Oct. 30, one of these guest lectures is open to the public. The Honorable Gregg Bernstein will discuss his experiences as State’s Attorney for Baltimore City at 7 p.m. in Baker Memorial Chapel.

Sophomores witness justice in action through eyes of participants In the Sophomore Interdisciplinary Studies (SIS) course, Faizan Nael (pictured right) feels that he is developing a better grasp of different legal points of view, which for him is relevant to everyday life.

“It’s always good to know about the laws and legal system that you live in,” he said.

Philosophy instructor Marc Rasinsky, whose experience as a lawyer and Carroll County judge puts him on the level of his guest speakers, feels it is important to offer his students the perspective of “people who have been in the trenches” and “can tell you what they believe, but more importantly, why they believe it.”

The course examines the law from experiential, philosophical, medical, economic, and many other perspectives. This is typical of an SIS, a requirement for all sophomores that centers on topics examined from multiple academic disciplines.

Describing the course as one about critical thinking, Rasinsky hopes the sophomores are not only learning about how legal systems function, but also are being challenged to evaluate their own beliefs.

Ethan Patrick, who is studying Sociology with a specialization in Criminal Justice, aspires to be an FBI agent. He was surprised to find that his thinking has changed since taking this course. Patrick says he has become more open-minded and able to view situations from multiple perspectives.

“The term ‘justice’ really has different meanings for everyone,” said Rasinsky.

Rasinsky has opened the Bernstein lecture to the public in hopes of inspiring community members to question their own interpretations of justice.

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