Special Projects

State Attorney for the Day

December 5, 2019
Five fifth grade students from the ACE School were chosen to be “State Attorney for the Day” after writing an essay about what justice means to them. They had a busy day of touring the Orange County Courthouse and the Public Defender’s Office, having lunch with the State Attorney Aramis Ayala, meeting Judge Laurent, AND the Chief Investigator!

Camp Law and Order

July 22, 2019 – July 26, 2019
During the week of July 22, 2019, the Center for Law and Policy hosted twelve local high school students from such locations as Jones and Evans High Schools for a summer camp program called “Camp Law and Order.”  The event include tours of local court facilities as well as one on one meeting with judges, attorneys, paralegals, and faculty from various legal studies intuitions.  The week long event culminated in a mock trial put on by the high school students judge by the Honorable Tanya Wilson, Circuit Court Judge for the Ninth Judicial Circuit.  Click here to learn more.


Friday, June 28, 2019
The Centre for Law and Policy in connection with The Joint Center for Citizenship and the UCF Mock Trial program held a Teach-In event for Florida public school educators. Highschool and middle school social studies and civics teachers from Orange, Osceola, and Seminole Counties spent the day learning how to incorporate mock trial techniques into their classrooms. Speakers including UCF Legal Studies faculty and local lawyers spent the day providing specific guidance on how to make a program work. The day ended with mock trial students from UCF flipping roles with teachers and instructing them on how to conduct a mock trial. Be on the lookout for similar events coming in the near future.

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