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Students earn Honors at Allen Ray Bolin Trial Advocacy Competition, Visit City Council

Mock Trial Team members participating in the Allen Ray Bolin Trial Advocacy Workshop were honored during Thursday's regular meeting of the New Orleans City Council. The trial advocacy program was created by Judge Arthur Hunter, St. Augustine class of 1977, and launched in 2018 to help New Orleans high school students get ready for future careers in criminal justice.

The team recently participated in the Allen Ray Bolin Trial Advocacy Workshop Trial Competition taking second place. St. Mary's Academy took first place with Edna Karr High School earning a third-place spot. 

Several Purple Knights also earned individual honors at the competition. 

  • Kalil Cox: Best Cross Examination Award
  • Jalyon Cruse: Best Opening Statement Award
  • Julius Ezeb: Best Direct Examination Award

The workshop gives students an opportunity to work with defense attorneys, prosecutors, judges, and the New Orleans Police Department to give real-life experiences. Participating students are from St. Augustine, St. Mary’s Academy, Katherine Drexel, George Washington Carver, Warren Easton, and Edna Karr.

Participating professionals include attorneys, judges, volunteers, ARBTAW staff, NOPD Academy, and court personnel. The professionals lend their expertise, guidance and assistance to instill confidence, improve the public speaking skills and enhance the academic skills of our future lawyers.

Councilperson Cyndi Nguyen, Mayor LaToya Cantrell, Chief Justice Bernette Johnson, the Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Legal Society and the Louisiana Judicial Council also support the program by interacting with, inspiring and providing hope for the students.

Students earn individual honors



2nd Place Trial Advocacy


Mock Trial visits with Mayor


Students visit City Council with Judge Hunter


Students with the mayor