Intern assisting court staff

Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley administers an oath to Alyssa Burton (far right) as members of the court staff — Amy Allen (from left), Damon Alt, Donna Reiter and Lisa Russell — watch Wednesday morning. To view more photos from this event, visit

A new face is assisting the staff of Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley.

Kelbley administered an oath — which was similar to one an attorney may take — to Alyssa Burton, a 19-year-old Tiffin University junior from Toledo, during a ceremony in his courtroom Wednesday morning.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have her,” he said.

Burton obtained a court internship through a Seneca County Department of Job and Family Services program. She started last week and is to work until September.

Burton works Mondays and Fridays now and will work Monday through Friday full time once school is out. She still is learning her job responsibilities but is to help with shredding and observe court proceedings.

Burton — who has a major of forensic psychology and a minor in criminalistics — said she is excited and wanted to really get into her career field. She said she loves the courthouse staff, and all have been nice and helpful. She said she is glad she got the internship opportunity.

Burton has a 9-month-old daughter, Amira, which means “princess” in Arabic.

“It’s hard (to balance everything), but it’s not impossible,” she said.

Kelbley said he was happy to have Burton working with his staff.

“She’s terrific,” he told her family members.