Nicholas Tessener, personal injury attorney at James Scott Farrin, shared his hopes and expectations for the House Select Committee on Community Relations, Law Enforcement, and Justice in its inaugural meeting on Wednesday, September 2, 2020. Nicholas is one of the members of the public chosen to contribute to this committee’s goals as it examines North Carolina’s criminal justice system and proposes methods for improving police training and relations between law enforcement and its communities.
You can read the transcription of Nicholas below:
“Good morning, my name is Nicholas Tessener.
I appreciate the opportunity to serve on this committee, and I believe that we have a unique and special opportunity to make some changes with our community.
Some small background on me – I’m from Raleigh; I left after high school. I graduated from Millbrook High School. I was gone for about ten years and lived in five different states.
I came back to go to Campbell Law, right down the road here. I got to spend some time with some great professors studying in different countries, [with] different justice systems, [such as] Africa and Scotland, [in addition to] here, [so] I hope to be able to bring some of that experience [along with me.] What I hope for this committee to be able to do is to be the voice of the community that we haven’t had.
I think a lot of times we get one side of the story and we make that [snap] judgement. But one of my favorite professors from Scotland told me: “No matter how thin the pancake, there are always two sides.”
And I think that’s our job as this committee; to listen to both of those sides so that we can listen with open hearts and open minds and really mend this community.
That’s my hope.”