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Horvitz & Levy Establishes Civics Leadership Program.

August 7, 2009

Horvitz & Levy LLP has founded a civics leadership program for high school students from diverse backgrounds to gain first-hand knowledge of the federal judicial system. Recently, Horvitz & Levy attorneys James Azadian and Dean Bochner led high school juniors and seniors at the Learning Works Charter School—an independent study public school for at-risk youth in Pasadena—to study a criminal appellate case and watch the case argued before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

James and Dean taught the students about the role of the federal judiciary in American government and accompanied them to the Richard H. Chambers Courthouse in Pasadena to observe the morning’s oral arguments, including argument in the criminal appeal the students studied. The students met with Chief Judge Alex Kozinski and Judge Dorothy Wright Nelson for a motivating discussion over lemonade and cookies in Judge Nelson’s chambers, followed by a discussion with Judges William Fletcher, Richard Clifton, and Milan Smith, the three judges who heard the oral arguments that the students observed. The judges encouraged the students to stay in school so that they could make a difference in their communities. The judges commended the students for their insights and understanding of the issues at play in the criminal appeal that they had studied. The school’s faculty noted the program’s success in emphasizing the importance of an education and in motivating and strengthening students to lead lives of purpose, service, and leadership.

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