Press Release - Detail
For immediate release Friday, Feb. 24, 2017
CONTACT: Roy L. Williams                                
Director of Public Relations             
Birmingham Public Library                          
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067                        
Birmingham Public Library Student Mock Trial Program heading into home stretch

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-The Birmingham Public Library (BPL) is heading into the home stretch of the inaugural Spring 2017 Student Mock Trial Program. BPL is partnering with the Birmingham Bar Foundation  and the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Northern District of Alabama to put on the program that exposes teens to the criminal justice system.

On Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Central Library downtown, students learned how lawyers prepare closing arguments at trials. In three weeks (Thursday, March 16), the students will participate in a mock trial in a Jefferson County courtroom.

The program is designed to introduce 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, program participants will assume the roles of lawyers, witnesses, and judge. 

All of the Student Mock Trial Program classes, held in the second floor Teen Zone Learning Lab of the Central Library, are taught by distinguished Birmingham area attorneys. Classes began Jan. 19 and conclude with a mock trial on Thursday, March 16. During the mock trial, students will utilize the skills taught in the preceding weeks by assuming the roles of a trial- from prosecutor and defense attorney arguing a case, to a judge, jury and witnesses.

For more information, call Simpson at 205-226-3655 or e-mail him at You may register online through the BPL event calendar. Read more about the program at the link below:

Schedule for Spring 2017 Student Mock Trial Program (held Thursdays 3:30-5 p.m.)
Remaining sessions (held in the Central Library's Teen Zone except the mock trial) are: 

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
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