We Need YOU!!! Taking Volunteers to help with Mock Trial!!

Houston area high school students have been working hard in their Street Law classes, and are right now choosing their roles, practicing, and working with their groups to prepare for the annual University of Houston Law Center Mock Trial Competition. We need help to run this special event and are currently dangerously short on volunteers. We ask that you consider donating time to mentor these youth and facilitate the street law educational program. Please contact Professor Marrus, emarrus@central.uh.edu or me at lauaelynn@hotmail.com if you are able to give of your time. More details below.

From Professor Marrus:

Street Law Mock Trial – What is it? Law students from the University of Houston Law Center work with high school students every a week in local HISD and KIPP schools for the fall and spring semesters. They teach the high school students about the law and our legal system. During the spring semester the students compete in a mock trial competition. The competition is fierce (both the law students and the high school students want their school to go home with the championship trophy). To have this all run smoothly we need your help.  We need judges, scorers and timekeepers for various rounds of the competition. The students appreciate you taking the time to help out and to provide them with feedback on how the trials were conducted. More information will follow about the case, the trial procedures, rules, timing, etc.to those that are interested in helping out. If you cannot commit to judging, scoring, or timekeeping please try and stop by and watch our students in action. Remember these high school students may be our future law students and lawyers. They work hard all year preparing for this day and any support is appreciated.

The competition will take place on Friday, March 29th at the University of Houston Law Center. Round one goes from 9:30 to 11:15, round two is from 12:00 to 1:30, Round three is from 1:45 to 3:15 and our championship round will be from 3:30 to 5:00 PM in Krost Hall. The championship round is going to be judged by Judge Michelle Moore, an alumna of UHLC and newly elected Harris county juvenile judge. All are welcome to attend the championship round and we do need time keepers and scorers for that round also.

If you are interested in participating please copy and paste the form below and email it to emarrus@central.uh.edu as soon as possible, but no later than March 4th. Thanks for your help and support.

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Name:

Email address:

I am a

⚪️ Judge

⚪️    Lawyer

⚪️    Law professor

⚪️    Law student

⚪️    Legal professional

⚪️ Undergraduate student

⚪️ Other:______________________________________________

There are four ways to volunteer – judges, scorers, time keepers, and general volunteers. Judges have to be lawyers and/or judges to preside over the mock trial. Judges rule on objections, maintain order in the courtroom, may be keeping track of time, scoring, and providing feedback to the students. It is important to read over the packet prior to the trial and clarifying any matters where questions might arise ahead of time. Scorers can be law students, lawyers or judges. In that role you are given a set of criteria for rating the teams numerically. The criteria includes the quality of students’ presentations, understanding of the law, grasp of the issues in the case, and overall organization, to name a few. All scorers have to turn in the scoresheets immediately following the completion of the trial.  The scorers and judges will also pick the best attorney and best witness for each team. Time keepers will keep time for each round. We hope to have two time keepers in each room. One to keep time for the prosecution and the other for the defense. General volunteers will help direct people to the appropriate room, collect score sheets, help tally, assign people to rooms and provide general support for all participants.

I am interested in being a (you may check more than one) ⚪️ judge        ⚪️ scorer     ⚪️       time keeper  ⚪️      general volunteer

For      ⚪️ round one (9:30 to 11:15)         ⚪️       round two (12:00 – 1:30)       ⚪️      round three (1:45 to 315)

If you are interested in being a general volunteer please indicate the times you would be available _______________________________________________

If you are interested in volunteering with the championship round, please indicate here – ______Yes, I will stay for the championship round and would be willing to help out.

WE ALWAYS NEED ADDITIONAL HELP. IF YOU KNOW ANYONE WHO MAY BE INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING PLEASE FEEL FREE TO FORWARD THIS EMAIL TO THEM. THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP.

Donated Suits for Houston High School Students

The University of Houston Law Centers provides local underserved high schools with volunteer law student teachers to teach “Street Law” classes. The Street Law program is one of the many reasons the law school has received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award three years in a row (Read More). Courses that cover topics from Consumer Law, Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, and others also train students to participate in Mock Trial competitions. While Street Law gives high school students exposure to the law to both educate and inspire diversity in the legal field, many of the students who participate in the program do not own, and find it difficult to acquire, business wear to participate in competitions.

Houston’s own West University Information Exchange Facebook group decided to change that this year, donating enough business suits (for female and male students!) to outfit the Milby and KIPP Northwest high school teams (shown above)! Students can keep suits, shoes, and briefcases donated to use after competition that will help in job interviews, college interviews, and more.

University of Houston Law Center works to teach and train new Houston high school classes each year, and opportunities to participate and donate exist. If you would like to help by donating like new business wear or funds to the program, please contact or lwolfe@uh.edu.

Student’s trying on donated business wear:

Happy Holidays for the Children in the Harris County Juvenile Detention Center

 

This holiday season, approximately 230 children spent Christmas, Hanukkah, and other respective holidays away from family and friends. This year, though, the normally cheerless surrounding of the  Harris County Juvenile Detention Center was brightened by the effective efforts of local organizations and donors to supply special holiday stocking stuffers for the kids  to arrange into “gifts” to give each other. The donations included hygiene kits, holiday cards, socks, candy, and snacks. The efforts helped remind Harris County Detention Center children they are not forgotten and to provide a sense of community support.

This time of year we can remember impulsive childhood choices don’t define the future for kids. With all the children and youth needing advocates, support, and such urgent help, it can be hard to know where to start. But these donors made the choice to start by providing holiday cheer. The words of Mother Theresa ring true: “We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.” If we do what we can, add our drops together, it can and will make a difference during the holidays and beyond.

Thank you to the following donors for contributing to the holiday bags for the Juvenile Detention Center this holiday season:

The Center for Children, Law, & Policy, Members of Congregation Beth Yeshurun, Affiliates of Interfaith Ministries, American Heritage Girls Troop 471, Katherine Brem, Alex Hunt, Gavriella Roisman, Ellen Marrus, Honolulu Stake Punahou Prep. and Kaimaki Seminary, and those donors who wish to remain anonymous.

A few shots of volunteer organizations donating to this years efforts: