Sims Completes Covington County Circuit Court Internship – The Andalusia Star-News

Emily Glass Sims has learned a lot about rural law as an intern with Covington County Circuit Court and Circuit Judge Ben Bowden over the past eight weeks.

Sims, a student at the University of Alabama School of Law at Tuscaloosa, secured the internship through the Finch Initiative, which offers law students the opportunity to learn and experience the process judiciary in a small town setting.

Sims graduated from Opp High School in 2015. She received her undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice with minors in Psychology and Arabic Language from the University of Alabama in 2019 and received summa cum laude honors . With two years of law school under her belt, she will begin her final year at UA in the fall and finish in the spring of 2023.

“I’m actually from Covington County, which is unusual for a Finch Fellow. I was born and raised in Opp. I was selected as a Finch Fellow after an application and interview process with one of the law school’s assistant deans. I am grateful for my time as a Finch Fellow. I will use the knowledge I gained this summer to contribute to the South Alabama community when I begin practicing. Although I recognize the value of working at a great law firm, Covington County is home to me. I hope to be able to return to train in the Andalusian region,” said Sims.

She relished the opportunity to serve under Judge Bowden.

“The Finch Initiative has been such a valuable experience. I had the opportunity to meet and spend time with various local attorneys who all offered helpful advice. I have witnessed many types of civil and criminal proceedings, researched and discussed difficult legal issues, and gained insight into how a judge approaches a case. Justice Bowden’s integrity and dedication to a fair process for all is evident and inspiring. The importance of community service will be my greatest lesson.

Sims chose to become a lawyer to help other citizens and decided to continue her education at UA.

“One of the greatest contributions to society is the ability to help others. Working in the legal field provides a unique platform to be a voice for those who need help. to go somewhere else. When I was presented with the opportunity to study law at such a prestigious institution, I couldn’t turn it down. Roll Tide,” she said.

The Finch initiative, now in its sixth year, was launched in the summer of 2017 and started in Andalusia.

“This grew out of an informal conversation I had with the Dean of Law School about the possibility of having an intern here in rural southern Alabama. We want to show them what it’s like. is what being a lawyer is and how rewarding the experience of being a lawyer can be. Each of them has been unique but super smart and none is better than Emily. We are glad the program is still running. course and hopefully it will continue in the future,” Judge Bowden said.

Sims is the daughter of Cindy Donaldson Glass and Mike Glass and is married to her husband of two years, Noah Sims.

“What really amazed me about Emily Finch’s scholarship is how talented she is. I’m really excited and delighted with the quality of students coming out of the University Law School from Alabama. It satisfies me because it’s my alma mater, and I’m happy to see that they attract students of such quality. A bonus or an added layer is that Emily is one of the ours. She is from our community, and it’s amazing how young people in our community are doing so well. Emily has been a great help to the justice system this summer. She’s a very accomplished researcher who can grasp complex legal arguments fairly quickly. I don’t have a clerk, so having her for the past eight weeks has spoiled me a bit. I wish I could keep her, but she has bigger things to do. We we are sorry to see her go but we are delighted for Emily’s future, ”said Judge Bowden.

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