For Julia Hancock, a rising junior at East Boston High, the days of summer were anything but routine. At the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office Julia experienced an ever–changing, fast-paced professional environment, thanks in large part to spending her summer splitting her time between the courtroom and the back office at Roxbury District Court. When the court was at its busiest, Julia could be found observing trials and assisting the victim witness advocates during court sessions. She provided critical assistance to the advocates, who inform victims of their rights, explain the court process, and keep them updated on the status of their cases. Between copying documents, tracking down missing files, and acting as a runner to deliver information, the job definitely kept Julia on her toes. “It’s pretty fun grabbing cases for attorneys, printing things for them. It’s just really interesting to watch the lawyers do their jobs,” she said. The other portion of Julia’s days was spent working on projects with the office’s administrative divisions. Her final project entailed locating and contacting organizations that could provide additional assistance to victims, such as help with housing or other support services. Throughout her summer, she lent a hand wherever needed, doing research, compiling data, updating old records, and more.
After completing her internship at the DA’s Office Julia is intent on pursuing a career in the law. “I have learned a lot about the law and legal community. I still want to be a lawyer, even though I understand they do a lot of work. I would definitely want to be an Assistant District Attorney somewhere and practice in Superior Court one day.”