Last week, 8th grade students traveled to the Allegheny County Courthouse for a field trip. In their Civics classes, students were introduced to the criminal and civil court systems prior to their visit. Upon their arrival at the courthouse, students were greeted by a Deputy Attorney General of Allegheny County, David Spurgeon. Mr. Spurgeon talked to students about his role in the judicial branch and warned them about the consequences of drug and alcohol related crimes. Next, students visited real criminal court rooms to observe trials in action. Some judges even invited the students to speak with them in their chambers about their job. The day concluded with a brief tour of Pittsburgh neighborhoods including Oakland, the North Shore, the South Side, and the Strip District to help students prepare for their ongoing Pittsburgh research project.