Special Projects

State Attorney for the Day

December 5, 2019
Five fifth grade students from the Academic Center for Excellence 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 State Attorney Aramis Ayala and meeting Judge Gisela Laurent and the chief investigator.

Camp Law and Order

July 22, 2019 – July 26, 2019
During the week of July 22, 2019, we hosted twelve local high school students for a summer camp program called “Camp Law and Order.” The event included tours of local court facilities as well as one-on-one meetings 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 and judged by the Honorable Tanya Wilson, circuit court judge for the Ninth Judicial Circuit .

Teach-In

Friday, June 28, 2019
The department and UCF’s Mock Trial team and Florida’s Joint Center for Citizenship held a Teach-In event for Florida public school educators. High school 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 the classroom. The teachers were given guidance on how to make a program work from speakers such as UCF Legal Studies faculty members and local lawyers. The day ended with UCF’s mock trial students flipping roles with teachers and instructing them on how to conduct a mock trial.

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