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Horvitz & Levy attorneys teach Appellate Court Experience program to high school students.

July 10, 2009

Horvitz & Levy LLP lawyers serve as instructors and mentors for the Appellate Court Experience Program (ACE), which enables high school students from diverse backgrounds to gain first-hand knowledge of the judicial system. Most recently, Horvitz & Levy attorneys Jeremy Rosen and James Azadian served as ACE instructors for high school juniors and seniors at the Learning Works Charter School, an independent study public school for at-risk youth in Pasadena.

Jeremy and James taught the students about the role of the judiciary in American government and then accompanied them to the California Court of Appeal to observe the oral arguments in a criminal appeal. The students then met with the jurists for a discussion in their private chambers, followed by a lunch hosted by Horvitz & Levy. Once the Court of Appeal issued its written decision in the case, Jeremy and James returned to the classroom to discuss the outcome and conduct a “mini moot court,” providing the students with an opportunity to argue the case just like the prosecutors and public defenders they saw in court.

Participating students commented on how the ACE experience has motivated them to one day serve as judges, prosecutors, and public defenders. Most importantly, the ACE Program helps students understand they can make a difference in their communities by working hard to graduate from high school, attend college, and reach their career goals.

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