October 10, 2018

Criminal justice students learn about local courts in the field

Students in Judge George Glonek’s courtroom at the Douglas County Courthouse.

Students in Judge George Glonek’s courtroom at the Douglas County Courthouse.

Judge George Glonek provided an overview of his duties and responsibilities as one of two Superior Court Judges in Douglas County

Community partnerships and in-field real-world learning are key commitments of the legal studies and criminal justice program. 

The LSTU 211 Criminal Law class met off campus recently at the Douglas County Courthouse to hear Judge George Glonek share about his judicial role in the local justice system.  

Glonek started his presentation with an overview of his duties and responsibilities as one of two Superior Court Judges in Douglas County located in Superior. Other topics included discretionary powers, sentencing guidelines, and “truth in sentencing” procedures. Glonek also explained some of the similarities/differences between the court system process in Wisconsin vs. Minnesota.

“Our class was somewhat surprised to learn of the concept called Truth In Sentencing – meaning in Wisconsin, once a sentence is ordered, the full sentence is mandated. Wisconsin does not have time reduced for 'good behavior,'" said Steve Steblay, senior lecturer in criminal justice. “It was a very valuable and informative presentation for all. Judge Glonek did an excellent job sharing with the students directly.”

Students in Judge George Glonek’s courtroom at the Douglas County Courthouse.

Students in Judge George Glonek’s courtroom at the Douglas County Courthouse.

Criminal law is one of dozens of legal studies and criminal justice related courses available for students in their majors of legal studies, criminal justice concentration or the criminal justice minor. To find out more information about majoring or minoring in one of these areas, please contact program coordinator Maria Cuzzo.

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