St. Augustine Mock Trial team members participating in the 2019 Allen Ray Bolin Trial Advocacy Workshop recently visited the Louisiana Supreme Court. The students toured the historic building and had the opportunity to discuss current legal issues with Chief Justice Bernette J. Johnson. Students also sat in on two cases underway before the Louisiana Supreme Court Justices.
The Honorable Judge Arthur L. Hunter Jr., a 1977 graduate of St. Augustine Hih School, launched the Allen Ray Bolin Trial Advocacy Workshop in 2018, is designed for high school students who are interested in careers in legal careers.
The workshop is loosely based on the Trial Advocacy Workshop at Harvard Law School, where Hunter teaches every year.
Through the workshop, volunteer attorneys teach high school students how to represent a client or the government by using a case scenario in an actual jury trial setting.
The workshop ends with a trial competition on December 7. Defense attorneys, prosecutors, judges and New Orleans police officers participate in the competition to give the students an idea of how a criminal case plays out in the courtroom. Students from Edna Karr, St. Mary's Academy, George Washington Carver, Katharine Drexel Prep, and Warren Easton also participate in the workshop.
This year's mock trials will take place in the New Orleans Criminal District Court on December 7, 2019, beginning at 9 a.m. The competition is open to the public.
Purple Knights with Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette J. Johnson.