Press Release - Detail
For immediate release Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017
CONTACT: Roy L. Williams                                
Director of Public Relations             
Birmingham Public Library                          
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067                        
Student Mock Trial Program Week 3: Case Analysis/Brainstorming today at Central Library
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-Students involved in a new program designed to expose Birmingham area students to the legal profession will learn how to do case analysis during a session being held today, Feb. 2, at 3 p.m. at the Central Library in downtown Birmingham.

The Spring 2017 Student Mock Trial Program is being offered by the Birmingham Public Library (BPL) and the Birmingham Bar Foundation, in conjunction with the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Northern District of Alabama. The program introduces 30 students from grades six through 12 to the critical thinking, technology, and advocacy skills utilized in trial practice, said Lance Simpson, teen librarian for BPL. After learning and developing these skills, the program will culminate in a mock trial conducted in a courtroom. During the trial, student participants will assume the roles of lawyers, witnesses, and judge.

All of the Student Mock Trial Program classes, taught by Birmingham area attorneys, will be held in the Teen Zoning Learning Lab on the second floor of the Central Library, 2100 Park Place. Classes will run weekly from Thursday, Jan. 19 through Thursday, March 16 between 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Read more about BPL’s Student Mock Trial Program at the link below:
Due to limited space, advanced registration for the program is required. For more information, call Simpson at 205-226-3655 or email him at
The nine-week program began Thursday, Jan.19 and ends Thursday, March 16, 2017, and are held every Thursday from 3:30 and 5 p.m. in the Central Library Teen Zone, 2nd Floor, 2100 Park Place. Each session will be taught by experienced trial attorneys.
 The remaining sessions are listed below:
Week 3 (Feb. 2) - Case Analysis and Brainstorming
Week 4 (Feb. 9) - Opening Statements & Evidence
Week 5 (Feb. 16) - Witness Examinations
Week 6 (Feb. 23) - Closing Arguments
Week 7 (March 2) - Courtroom Technology & Preparation for the Mock Trial
Week 8 (March 9) - Preparation for Mock Trial
Week 9 (March 16) - Mock Trial (To be held in Jefferson County courtroom to be determined)
For additional information about the programs and services of the Birmingham Public Library, visit our website at and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter @BPL. The mission of Birmingham Public Library is to provide the highest quality library service to our citizens for life-long learning, cultural enrichment, and enjoyment. This system—with 19 locations and serving the community for 130 years—is one of the largest library systems in the southeast.
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