St. Augustine High School takes First Place at Mock Trial Competition
The St. Augustine High School Mock Trial Team started its season with a victory. A team of five students visited New Orleans Criminal District for the inaugural Allen Ray Bolin Trial Advocacy Workshop (ARB-TAW) competition, returning with first-place trophies.
Members of the St. Augustine winning team are juniors Kalil Cox, James Jefferson, Jaylon Cruse,Colin Johnson, and Elton Lucien. St. Augustine is one of five high schools participating in the Allen Ray Bolin Trial Advocacy Workshop. The trial advocacy workshop developed by Purple Knight and Presiding Judge the Honorable Arthur L. Hunter Jr, teaches students with a case scenario, how to represent a client, state or government in an actual jury trial setting. The trial advocacy courses are modeled on the trial advocacy courses taught at Harvard Law School where Judge Hunter teaches.
“We're very proud of our Mock Trial Team. Each member put in countless hours of work and practice," said Sean J. Goodwin, St. Augustine High School Principal. "These five students represented our school with excellence and professionalism.”
The team was coached by moderator Dwan Jacque and St. Augustine alumni who are practicing attorneys including Marcus DeLarge, Alvin Johnson, Arthur Mitchell IV, and Leon Roche.
The competitors tried a complex criminal law case under Louisiana State Law involving an attempted murder charge stemming from a social media post. The mock trials were presided over by sitting judges and included actual New Orleans police officers as witnesses and juries returning verdicts.
The ARB-TAW is named in honor of Macon B. Allen, the first African-American attorney and judge (1844), Charlotte Ray, the first African-American woman attorney (1872) and Jane Bolin, the first African-American woman judge (1939).