By Erica Gage and Eden Hipps
Tomorrow TODAY Staff Writers
Before any trial can begin or any judge can take office, witnesses and judges take an oath. Before the YMCA Youth Judicial conference began, U.S. Magistrate Judge Gray Borden swore in all delegates and judges.
“I can tell you, what you are doing this weekend is every bit as authentic and realistic as anything you will ever do, other than standing up in front of a judge and jury and actually trying a case. Appreciate it and take advantage of it,” he said.
Delegates and judges swore to be fair, honest, and morally aware in all conference endeavors.
Prior to participants and judges being sworn in, Youth Gov. Ford Cleveland welcomed all delegates and confessed this is his favorite Youth in Government conference. “This conference is bound to be special,” since there are more delegates at the 2016 conference than ever before, he said.
He stresses that the conference is not about who wins the most awards. “What people will remember the most are the memories and friendships that will be made,” he said. Cleveland concluded by giving all delegates a piece of advice: “Go all-in this weekend, because this conference will have a major effect on you.”