June 21, 2018

The Patrick County Commonwealth Attorney’s office is taking on new projects and programs with the help of NCI summer interns.

Three college students, LJ Basica, Ria Farley, and Hannah Motsch are spending their summer working under Stephanie Brinegar-Vipperman, Commonwealth’s Attorney in Patrick County.

One new program called “Kids in Court” will launch this summer. This program will help children understand the court system, which can seem confusing and frightening. Dayna Kendrick Bobbitt, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney, sought out grants for this program and was able to make it happen with the assistance of the NCI Summer Interns.

Previously, Bobbitt spent three years as an NCI Summer Intern, both at the Henry County and Patrick County Commonwealth’s Attorney Offices, before graduating law school and returning to the area to work. It is the hope of the current interns to follow a similar path.

All three interns agreed that the experience has helped them define the areas of law that they are most interested in, which will help guide their careers in the future.

In addition to the Kids in Court Program, this year’s interns at the Patrick County Commonwealth Attorney Office are able to gain experience by observing court cases, observing interviews, conducting outreach to victims, and other administrative tasks associated with active cases.

 “All of the interns are quick learners and dependable. It has been hard to keep them busy because they are able to finish tasks quickly, which has really helped us this summer,” said Vipperman.