The first Molloy student to participate in the Court Navigator Program

Jericka Ruiz is a Political Science major with a Legal Studies minor

How and why did you get involved with the Court Navigator Program?
My interest in the Court Navigator Program sparked when I saw a flyer stating that I would be able to work with unrepresented litigants. I decided to get involved with the Court Navigator program to ensure unrepresented litigants access to the resources available to better advocate for themselves. I also decided to join the Court Navigator Program to further my understanding of the workings of the justice system.

Jericka RuizDo you have any mentors at Molloy who helped you get involved with the program?
Professor Maloney encouraged all students who are a part of the legal studies minor to participate in the Court Navigator Program.

What kind of training did you receive as part of the program?
I received a training session for the Housing Court's Court Navigator program in exchange for 30 hours of volunteer service.

How was it working with unrepresented litigants?
Every unrepresented litigant case was different and I was able to assist them accordingly to their situation.  I enjoyed helping unrepresented litigants feel confident to discuss their claims and defenses in Housing Court.

What kind of work are you looking to do after college?
After college I plan on going to law school to become a district attorney, and am particularly interested in working in the juvenile justice system in that capacity. I also intend to continue dedicating my time volunteering at nursing homes and the Special Olympics.

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