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Teen Court’s Annual Courtroom Training
for Youth Attorneys and
Mock Trial Competition 2012 at St. Thomas Law

Miami-Dade County Teen Court Program (M-DCTC), under the administrative leadership of Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust (MDEAT), trained a new wave of volunteer lawyers, bailiffs, clerks, and jurors during its annual summer Youth Volunteer Attorney Training Program and 2nd Annual Mock Trial Competition. The three day training was held on Monday, July 30th, Tuesday, July 31st, and Wednesday, August 1, 2012 from 8:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at St. Thomas University School of Law, Moot Courtroom. Students were greeted the first day by Douglas E. Ray, St. Thomas University School of Law Dean and Professor of Law.

Students from middle and high schools received training for courtroom trials sanctioned by the program’s volunteer training guidelines, which educated them in various facets of the judicial process.

Distinguished volunteer judges pictured above included: Kelly Charles-Collins, Stacy Cleveland, and Ray McGee. Teen Court’s dedicated volunteer attorney coaches included: Olanike Adebayo, Todd Bass, Miesha Darrough, Marcus Griggs, Sherria Williams, and Jennie Wingad. As well as, Florida State Representative, Cynthia A. Stafford who participated as one of the volunteer judges for the first half of the competition.

The 2nd Annual Mock Trial Competition was held on the third-day to showcase what the students learned during the two-day training sessions. Pictured above in the photo, are the final two teams that competed in the 2nd Annual Mock Trial Competition along with the judges who highly praised and provided professional coaching to all student attorneys. The judges helped the students sharpen their courtroom techniques etiquette/skills as well as law terminology, and courtroom decorum. Participants received 24 hours of community service credit for attending the classroom training sessions. 

2012 Mock Trial Competition Winning Team & Teen Court Staff

The mission of Miami-Dade County Teen Court is to advocate and create opportunities for youth to develop into responsible citizens.

For more information, visit www.miamidade.gov/mdeat or call Anthony Williams, Director of Youth Development at 305-375-5661, ext. 93409.