|For Immediate Release
August 4, 2006
(714) 347-8415 Office
SUMMER LEARNING, SUMMER FUN
LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS GET AN UP-CLOSE BEHIND THE SCENES VIEW OF THE LEGAL SYSTEM IN WEEKLONG COURSE
(6th Annual Summer Youth Education Conference)
SANTA ANA – Local high school students will find out what it’s like to be a prosecutor, defense attorney, police detective or judge next week when they attend a weeklong program that takes them behind the scenes of the judicial system. The program will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, August 7, 2006. After a week’s worth of activities (35-40 hours) the students will participate in a mock trial in the morning on Friday, August 11, 2006, with a graduation ceremony to follow at 1:00 p.m.
The 6th Annual Summer Youth Education Conference, sponsored by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, will give local high school students a chance to interact with criminal justice professionals and various law enforcement agencies. This program was designed to provide its participants with an informative view of the progress of a criminal case. Based upon their application, students who exhibited a great interest in learning more about the legal system and its role in the community were selected to participate in the program.
“This program is a great way for young people in our community to learn about the criminal justice system.” Said District Attorney Tony Rackauckas. “Working with young people, especially in underrepresented communities, is extremely important in helping these kids to choose a positive path. Some of these students may become our next generation of prosecutors, police officers, and judges serving in our community.”
The participants will have an opportunity to visit the Santa Ana Police Department, the federal courthouse, a judge’s chamber, the Orange County Sheriff’s Training Facility, and the Coroner’s office. The program will include educational workshops from a police investigator, a prosecutor, a defense attorney, community agencies and other criminal justice professionals. Students will be provided with a rare opportunity to visit these agencies and network with professionals.