The I Have a Dream Foundation adopts entire elementary schools in challenged D.C. neighborhoods, providing the children with tutoring, mentoring, academic support, cultural and recreational activities, and individualized attention. The Foundations goal is to ensure that the students it takes under its wings graduate from high school prepared for employment or further education.

Through the program, students, working with volunteer attorneys, put on a trial. Students pose as defendants, witnesses, attorneys, plaintiffs, judges and other court and trial personnel. Working with attorneys, students draft opening and closing arguments and conduct direct and cross-examination. The students gain an appreciation of the role of law in their everyday lives, while working with lawyers and others in preparing for trial. It is a very rewarding experience for everyone involved.

Our most recent mock trial program was held on Monday, May 12, 2003 at the Garrison Elementary School, 1200 S Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. This was a wonderful opportunity for volunteers to work with students and provide them a chance to be an attorney for a day. To view a PDF flyer for this most recent mock trial, click here. The Council will conduct its next mock trial program in the spring of 2004.

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