Founded in 2013 by former Jones Day attorney Jim Teater (now retired), the “Pathways to Law” program is designed to help eighth-grade students develop a better understanding of the law and expose them to possible careers in the legal field.
Thirteen students participated in this year’s program, which involved two field trips to the University of Houston Law Center and a mock courtroom exercise in which they argued a case based on a realistic scenario and received feedback from professionals on their performance. This year, the students debated what legally constitutes “plain view” in terms of evidence gathering and how that designation affects admissibility in court.
“This is such a wonderful opportunity for our students,” said Principal Diana Castillo-De Leon. “They showed marked improvement in public-speaking skills and thinking on their feet.”
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