McGaha completes summer internship at district judge’s office – The Andalusia Star-News


First-generation law student Micah McGaha is grateful to serve as a judge’s clerk this summer and looks forward to putting his experience and training to good use as he continues his career as a lawyer.

A native of Milton, Fla., and now a student at the University of Mississippi Law School in Oxford, McGaha said he reached out to Covington County District Judge Julie Moody during the spring semester.

“I asked her if it was possible to work with her and she was kind enough to allow me to come and do it. My internship started the first week of June and ended on Thursday July 28th.

McGaha graduated from Milton High School in Florida in 2015 and earned his business administration degree from the University of West Alabama in 2019. He will be entering his second year of law school at Ole Miss this fall.

He was grateful to serve as clerk under Judge Moody this summer.

“I learned a lot about the justice system and the people who make it work. It’s great to be able to see the legal system in action after hearing about it in a more abstract way in my freshman year. Being able to see the court from the inside and see how judges weigh decisions on cases when evidence and testimony are conflicting and judgments need to be made on the character of witnesses has been so great to be a part of. Justice Moody was a tremendous example of judicial prudence and temperament. His legal thinking should be an example to all of us entering the legal profession,” McGaha said.

He added that he chose to become a lawyer because he believed that the best end that could be achieved was at the legal level.

“Whether representing clients against bad actors who wish to harm them or passing legislation to protect the rights of the American people, the legal system is the keystone of change and justice. .”

McGaha will be the first person in her immediate family to become a lawyer.

“I had no preconceived idea of ​​the legal world and I didn’t watch lawyers on television. What I witnessed as a first generation law student impressed me with respect to our legal system. It’s an incredibly fair and robust system. That doesn’t mean it’s flawless, like the financial charges of the court system, but it’s unlike anything else in the world. Our citizens have every chance of getting the right result in our court system through numerous appeals and petitions that are codified in the system. Our Due Process Clause has given us the clearest and strongest protection that our rights should not be taken away except through a process defined by the legal system. The separation of powers in our Constitution is the fail-safe that prevents a rapid violation of our freedoms.

He referenced the late Justice Antonin Scalia in his lectures on the separation of powers. “Scalia was of the opinion that every tin pot dictator in the world had a bill of rights, some far better than ours, but in our uniqueness none of those enumerated rights are worth anything unless there is a separation of powers which prevents their unilateral usurpation. rights with checks and balances and due process.

He decided to continue his studies at Ole Miss for several reasons. “I chose the University of Mississippi Law School because of its long history of legal excellence and because I wanted to challenge myself to go to a school with a strong academic record.”

Being a local judge’s clerk was something McGaha was proud of.

“I think Andalucia is a great representation of the country and the legal system as a whole. The big cities seem to get the most love in the legal world because of how strong they are, but they’re not representative of the greater majority of our courts. The bread and butter of our justice system is here in the small towns,” he said.

As for his future, there are a few paths he envisions for himself in the long term.

“The first is to become a federal judge. Judging important cases with constitutional implications would be extremely rewarding work. Another would run for political office, probably in a legislature, and perhaps, hopefully, for executive office one day. I could very well fall in love with private practice and decide that advocating for my clients is the career I want to pursue all the way,” he said.

McGaha is the son of Tommy McGaha and Danielle Deir and is married to his wife, Mollie McGaha.

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