Attorney Griff O’Hanlon Takes Part in the Norfolk Portsmouth Bar Association’s Mock Trial Program
At Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers, the attorneys are deeply involved in the Hampton Roads community and in helping students understand the criminal justice system.
For the second consecutive year, Griffin O’Hanlon is serving on the executive committee for the Norfolk Portsmouth Bar Association’s Mock Trial Program. The NPBA’s Mock Trial Program gives Norfolk middle school students the opportunity to learn about our justice system through interaction with local attorneys and police officers, and first-hand experience participating in a mock trial in the Norfolk Circuit Court.
As a member of the executive committee, Griff has worked with committee chairs Kim Phillips, Esq. (Phillips and Peters) and Wayne Williams, Esq. (Williams Deloatche), along with several other committee members, to develop this year’s mock trial program, a teaching curriculum, and the competition rules.
This will also be Griff’s third year coaching a team. This year he is coaching alongside Catherine Paxson, Esq., the Assistant Commonwealth Attorney for the City of Norfolk, and Amina Jones from Regent University School of Law at Northside Middle School.
For two months, Griff and his fellow coaches will meet with the students on a weekly basis to introduce them to a hypothetical legal case and teach them how to conduct a trial.
This year the students will be presented with a criminal case focused on the theft of a luxury sports car. The students at Northside Middle School will serve as the defense team in the criminal case. On April 20th, the students from Northside Middle School will mount their defense against a prosecution team from a different Norfolk middle school in the Norfolk Circuit Court.
Several Norfolk middle schools are participating in the Norfolk Portsmouth Bar Association’s Mock Trial Program and, at the conclusion of the mock trials on April 20, the top scoring prosecution and defense teams will be chosen to face off in the city-wide finals to be held the following week.
To the outsider, the criminal justice system can seem complicated and arcane. We are happy to help others understand the law. Many of the attorneys at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers have organized educational seminars or taught continuing legal education sessions.
Cooper Hurley founding partner John Cooper is a Governor At-Large of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association.
Next year, he will become the Continuing Legal Education (CLE) chair for the state. This role entails organizing seminars for fellow attorneys so as they keep their legal training up to date.
The attorneys at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers can be contacted at (757) 455-0077 or via our website.