10th Annual Law Day Celebrated at South Suburban College

10th Annual Law Day Celebrated at South Suburban College

The South Suburban College (SSC) Legal Studies department hosted the 10th annual Law Day on Tuesday, May 2, 2023. Law Day celebrates the role of law in society and cultivates a deeper understanding of the legal profession.

Attendees from five local high schools visited the College’s Main Campus, including Bremen, Oak Forest, Rich Township, T.F. South, and Tinley Park. SSC Legal Studies students from the Court Reporting, Criminal Justice, and Paralegal programs also attended the event. There were over 165 attendees in total.

The event included live Q & A sessions with Illinois Appellate Court Justices Hyman, Walker, and Johnson via Zoom. A talk by Operation Greylord undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation agent, author, and attorney Terrance Hake was also held. Operation Greylord was one of the most important cases in the history of Cook County, uncovering corruption in the criminal justice courts system.

Mid-day featured various lunch and learn sessions including pizza and discussions with assistant state’s attorney Thomas Darman, paralegal turned attorney Schylon Lane, and Legal Studies faculty member Ian Sharping regarding cyber security. There was also a live demonstration by Illinois official court reporters.

Event attendees had the opportunity to walk through a fictitious crime scenario organized by the Illinois State Police (ISP). Students explored the mock crime scene noting evidence. They then reconvened with ISP Master Sergeant Melville who explained what a trained crime scene investigator would have found and deduced. The festivities concluded with a Zoom session featuring litigation paralegal Tracy Oprea, and entertainment law attorney Patrice Perkins.

Current and prospective students can learn what SSC has to offer in the legal field at one of the following upcoming events:

Virtual Paralegal Open House

Monday, May 22, 2023
6 – 7 p.m.
Advanced registration is required at: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJErdeqvpzkvGtQsv3rhQXb19rHDS2ph5XAs.

In-Person Court Reporting Open House

Wednesday, May 24, 2023
6 – 7 p.m.
Oak Forest Campus (Room 5320)
Email LCooke@ssc.edu to register.

In-Person Criminal Justice Open House

Monday, June 5, 2023
3 – 5 p.m.
Main Campus (Physical Fitness & Athletic Center)
Email bwalters@ssc.edu to register.

Virtual Paralegal Open House

Thursday, June 15, 2023
6 – 7 p.m.
Advanced registration is required at: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYtcO6grT0jH9TTbRPkoC3xVdiu9j-pwN6h

Virtual Paralegal Open House

Wednesday, July 12, 2023
6 – 7 p.m.
Advanced registration is required at: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIscO6sqDIjG9ctvDNYqg8CO02iko860sQ1

The South Suburban College Main Campus is located at 15800 South State Street in South Holland, IL. The South Suburban College Oak Forest Center is located at 16333 South Kilbourn Avenue in Oak Forest, IL. For more information about Law Day or the SSC Legal Studies department, please contact Becky Walters, J.D. at bwalters@ssc.edu or call (708) 596-2000, ext. 2579.