Monday, May 5, 2014
MOCK TRIAL COMPETITION FOR DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S “LEGAL LIVES” PROGRAM
TUESDAY, MAY 6, 2014
9:30 A.M.- 12:00 P.M.
Innovative Program Exposes Young Students to Criminal Justice Careers
Atlanta– “Project Legal Lives,” Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard Jr.’s innovative educational program that introduces the criminal justice system into City of Atlanta and Fulton County elementary schools, culminates in a sure-to-be dramatic mock-trial competition Tuesday, May 6, 2014 beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the Fulton County Courthouse. Students assume the roles of prosecutors, defense attorneys, defendants, witnesses, victims, and jurors in the competition that simulates the trial of an armed-robbery case. District Attorney staffers judge the competition and award trophies for the best overall performance and a variety of other achievements. Vying for this year’s top award are: Renaissance, Cliftondale, Parkside, E. Rivers, Wesley International, Thomasville Heights, M. Agnes Jones, Cleveland Avenue, Kimberly, Beecher Hills, State Bridge Crossing and Shakerag elementary schools.
“Legal Lives”—a 15-week course that teaches children about the legal system, and the fundamental principles and values upon which this system is based—seeks to instill in students a basic respect for the law through the development of critical and analytical skills. “Legal Lives” also provides role models for students by placing assistant district attorneys in the classroom to teach the course, one of the most appealing aspects of the program for many educators.
“Legal Lives” was created in 1990 by the Brooklyn (Kings County) District Attorney’s Office in New York City. A version of this program was first implemented in 1993 by then-Solicitor General Paul L. Howard, Jr. at Atlanta’s Dean Rusk Elementary School and has now grown to twelve schools in Atlanta and Fulton County under Mr. Howard’s administration as District Attorney. Nationally, “Legal Lives” is replicated by District Attorneys’ offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Indianapolis, Nashville, New Orleans, and several other cities.
*Media seeking to cover the event should enter through 185 Central Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia 30303 for security clearance. Please find attached a signed Rule 22 and a schedule of courtroom match-ups.