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The observation report shall include the type of observation, the name of the presiding officer, location of the observation, the parties involved, the issues, any decisions made, and your personal comments regarding how you “see” the proceedings. Please place emphasis on your personal comments. The writing portion of the experience should be writing for learning, rather than writing after learning. It is a process rather than a product, and it may require considerable rewrites as a student’s thinking is refined. The student is expected to “connect the dots” between their personal background, observation, and classroom learning. No particular format is expected (such as APA or white book). First person writing is acceptable. Describe the experience objectively and subjectively. Analyze the experience with an eye toward personal growth, academic enhancement and civic engagement. Articulate the learning to the student’s academic career and personal goals. Connect the dots between what you see and what we have learned in class(American gov) Essay needs to be at least 8 pages double spaced in times new roman font in terms of length. Attachments such as dockets, agendas, or programs proving attendance are REQUIRED. OBSERVATION CHOICES: Any session of the Supreme Court of the United States* Any session of the United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit* Any session of the United States District Court Any session of the United States Magistrate Court Any session of the Supreme Court of Georgia* Any session of the Georgia Court of Appeals* Any criminal or civil trial or probable cause hearing in Georgia Superior Court, State Court, Magistrate’s Court, Probate Court, or Juvenile Court Any municipal court proceeding Any divorce trial or hearing on temporary or permanent child custody, support or alimony in Superior Court Any session of divorce mediation Any open committee meeting of the Georgia General Assembly Any county or city commission meeting, especially planning meetings Any county board meeting, such as a zoning board, especially planning meetings Social Security disability hearings Driver’s license reinstatement hearings Any county or city school board meeting Any bankruptcy court session Any meeting of a federal, state, county, or local administrative agency or regulatory board Any open meeting of the University System Board of Regents Any county, city, or private animal control facility operation Immigration court hearings (sometimes these are not open to the public). Law enforcement ride-along (Friday, Saturday, or Sunday evenings ONLY; no other ride-along times are acceptable) or fire department or county, state, or local governmental inspector ride along. The student may be required to undergo a background check, which can take up to 2 weeks. “Shadow” a government employee such as (not teachers) a lawyer, law enforcement officer, judge, probation officer, government department head, or elected official previously personally unknown to the student Other governmental activities of your choice with Dr. Flower’s prior approval. Unacceptable—Personal court (including those of a friend or relative) or other personal experiences unless they are significant and used solely for the purpose of partially fulfilling the requirements of this course or are otherwise exceptional in nature. Preapproval by Dr. Flower is required. Also unacceptable are any employment-related circumstances. For example, if the student is presently or formerly involved in law enforcement, any observation concerning law enforcement or the criminal justice system is unacceptable. On-line, video, or TV observations are unacceptable, unless there is no other way to observe it, as are observations involving friends or relatives. Examples of this are a ride-along with a law enforcement officer who is a relative or friend, or a live video feed of a public meeting if the meeting is available for in-person attendance. Also unacceptable—uncontested divorce final hearings, pleas in criminal/traffic cases, any docket sounding, calendar calls, or arraignments in any court