Thursday, February 9, 2017

MEDIA ADVISORY: Lincoln High School to Dedicate New Courtroom for Use by Mock Trial Team, Teen Court, Criminal Justice Classes

Media Advisory from the San Diego Unified School District, Feb. 9, 2017


Lincoln High School to Dedicate New Courtroom for Use by Mock Trial Team, Teen Court, Criminal Justice Classes


WHAT:  Lincoln High School and Sony Electronics Inc. are celebrating the dedication of the new Lincoln High School courtroom.  Sony Electronics Inc. made a donation on behalf of the Lincoln High School Mock Trial Team. The event will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony and flag presentations from two judges who are alumnae of Lincoln High School: Superior Court judges Randa Trapp and Sharon Majors-Lewis.  Mock Trial team students will speak about the importance and impact of having access to a life-size courtroom in their school.  The courtroom will be used by the Mock Trial Team, SAY San Diego Teen Court diversion program, and Lincoln’s criminal justice classes.


WHO:  Abraham Lincoln High School, SONY Electronics Inc, SAY San Diego, San Diego Superior Court judges


WHEN:  February 10, 2017 (rain or shine), 10-10:45 a.m.


WHERE:  Lincoln High School, 4777 Imperial Ave, San Diego, CA 92113, Room 547; NOTE: Please check in at the front office


VISUALS:  High school Mock Trial students (in suits), ribbon cutting, judges presenting flags to students, the courtroom with Lincoln High School seal, student mural behind the jury box.      


SPEAKERS/INTERVIEWS: Students, judges, teachers, attorney mock trial team coaches, alumni mock trial students.  (Spanish speakers available)


BACKGROUND: The Lincoln High School Criminal Justice Program and Mock Trial Team offer work and real-life-related experiences for high school students to explore careers and how to address real issues related to our criminal justice system.  The Mock Trial team at Lincoln has been in existence for four years, and will be competing in the annual county-wide Constitutional Rights Foundation Mock Trial competition at the end of February at the Superior Court of San Diego. The case being argued in this year’s Mock Trial Competition is a Human Trafficking case. 


The courtroom is also being used for the SAY San Diego Teen Court diversion program, working to interrupt the school to prison pipeline.  Some students have had very traumatic experiences at the courthouse and are hesitant to attend field trips, but this courtroom provides a “safe” place for students to do mock trials and practice critical thinking and communication skills. 


CONTACT: Lori Williams | Lincoln High School teacher |  913-579-6264 or