Presiding Officer: Appointments

PO positions in the Judicial Branch and the Chief of Staff are appointed.

A selection process for these appointments includes the evaluation of pre-assembly submissions and performance at State Assembly, contributions to Chapter and Delegation development, and the advice of program area Graduate Advisors and Program Coordinators.

Appointments are announced at the closing ceremonies of the State Assembly prior to the year the appointees are to serve or prior to the Spring Servant Leadership Conference immediately thereafter.

Justices of the Supreme Court

Supreme Court Presiding Officers write and research cases for the year, and serve at State Assembly as the Presiding Justice during preliminary hearings.  The Chief Justice presides over final case arguments, and together with the Associate Justices, the Chief and Senior Justices deliberate the outcome of the cases.

All Supreme Court Presiding Officers must be Sophomores or Juniors in high school at the time of their appointment, in addition to being in at least their 2nd year of YIG (at least one year in the Judicial Branch).

Chief Justice appointees must be in their 3rd year of YIG and a Junior, having served at least two years in the Judicial Branch, at the time of their appointment.

All appointees must have the ability to speak clearly and concisely in public, have a keen interest in law and have demonstrated leadership, a professional manner and tone, and ability and willingness to research and write court cases.  The Chief Justice must have a demonstrated knowledge of legal procedure and language, as well as the ability to remain unbiased.

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court: Duties

  • Write cases to be argued by attorneys.
  • Work with Judicial Program Coordinator to prepare the program for the year and the State Assembly.
  • Preside over case arguments.
  • Research all cases in preparation for State Assembly; review all briefs.
  • Provide leadership and support to justices and program participants.
  • Attend all Officers’ Training sessions, Servant Leadership Conferences, and Fall Delegate
  • May be called upon throughout the year by the YMCA for other public relations duties.

Senior Justice of the Supreme Court: Duties

  • Preside over preliminary case arguments.
  • Write cases to be argued by attorneys.
  • Research cases prior to State Assembly and review briefs.
  • Provide leadership and support at State Assembly.
  • Attend all Officers’ Training sessions, Servant Leadership Conferences, and Fall Delegate Convention.
  • May be called upon throughout the year by the YMCA for other public relations duties.

Chief of Staff

Chief of Staff The Chief of Staff is the leader of the Directors of Legislative Affairs; their responsibilities include the management of the lobbying arm of the executive cabinet and the executive cabinet itself.

The appointee must be a Junior at the time of appointment and have served previously as a Presiding Officer, Director of Legislative Affairs, Legislative Whip, or member of the Executive Cabinet. The Chief of Staff must also show leadership ability and a keen interest in participating in the legislative process from outside of the House and Senate, as well as a professional manner and tone and the ability to advocate on behalf of the Governor.

Chief of Staff: Duties

  • Supervises the Directors of Legislative Affairs and participates in meetings of the Executive Cabinet
  • Studies and becomes well-informed in parliamentary procedures, the legislative process, and the executive branch
  • Acts as a liaison between the Governor and other members of the Executive Cabinet
  • Acts as an active part of the Governor’s Cabinet & Executive Branch
  • Attends all Officers’ Training sessions, Servant Leadership Conferences, and Fall Delegate Convention
  • May be called upon throughout the year by the YMCA for other public relations duties