Twenty seven students from Brazier Elementary School who participate in the Big Brothers Big Sister Mentoring program with Hand Arendall, LLC were invited to an end of the year celebration hosted by their big brothers and big sisters. Students traveled to the law offices of Hand Arendall, LLC, located in the RSA tower, where they were greeted by their mentors in the executive conference room and enjoyed the awesome view of the Mobile Bay before learning of a unique opportunity to participate in a mock trial in an actual courtroom.
The Big Brothers and Sisters, along with their "littles", traveled to the Federal Courthouse where a mock trial took place with the students playing the key roles of judges, lawyers, witnesses, marshalls, and jurors. The civil case involved a mock incident that took place on the playground at Brazier. The dispute was between two students over ownership of a basketball that was signed by Lebron James. Students were thrilled to have the actual autographed basketball as "exhibit A". Following an intense trial, the jurors deliberated in the juror's room for 10 minutes before deciding the case as a mistrial.
Students enjoyed a lunch and dessert with their mentors. Afterwards, students were taken on a tour of the law firm, visiting the offices of their big brothers and big sisters. The day ended with each student being presented with gifts. Mentors were pinned with Big Brothers Big Sisters pins to thank them for their mentorship.
"This was a truly remarkable experience that students will never forget", states Brazier principal, Mrs. Smith, "and one that has hopefully sparked an interest in some of the students to aspire to be attorneys." Hand Arendall, LLC plans to continue their partnership with Brazier Elementary School for many years to come.
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