Helping Area Youth Learn About the Justice System

Since 2006 Wayne Williams of Williams DeLoatche, P.C. has been honored to coordinate the Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association (NPBA) annual Mock Trial Program with Norfolk Public Schools. It is a great opportunity to teach basic trial skills to students from the Norfolk Public School system. The mock trial program originally began with two schools and has now grown to eight schools with over 100 students participating.
 
The year's program began in February and students met weekly over two months with the volunteer lawyers who taught lessons on opening statements, direct examinations, cross examinations and closing statements. The students were assigned roles as attorneys and witnesses for the mock trial case. Trials matching one school’s team against another’s were held last week at the Norfolk Circuit Court.
 
The Mock Trial program has been a great success due to the enthusiasm and hard work of the students and participating attorneys. Thank you to all who participated!