Matthew S. – BASIS Oro Valley

BASIS Oro Valley Senior Matthew S.

An Insight into the Goals and Workings of the American Legal System

Project/blog link: An Insight into the Goals and Workings of the American Legal System
BASIS Advisor: Robert Lee
Internship location: U of A; Marcus Engineering
Onsite Mentor: Joseph St. Louis, Attorney, Nesci and St. Louis

Project Abstract

The American legal system is complicated and convoluted with a multitude of laws, technicalities, procedures, and exceptions. In theory, the American legal system has simple goals and works in the best interests of the people, but beneath the complexity, who does it really serve? What are the real goals of the system, and how does it achieve them? How much subjective power do individuals have in executing the law on a local level? What duties and procedures must an attorney follow on a day-to-day basis? What duties must a lawyer carry out within a trial, and how does a lawyer execute his or her arguments? Some of these questions are difficult to answer definitively, but I intend to gain as many answers as I can to glimpse an insight into the American legal system. Nesci & St. Louis P.L.L.C. is a law firm in Tucson that deals with a variety of cases and processes a great volume of legal work. I plan to work with an attorney from this firm (Mr. Joe St. Louis) and discuss various Supreme Court decisions, cases, and other legal matters and their impact on various groups (e.g. defendants, police, judges, juries, etc.). I also plan to observe and analyze trials conducted within a courtroom to learn what methods lawyers use and to gain a grasp of the procedure.

An Insight into the Goals and Workings of the American Legal System