Atlanta City Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong and the Atlanta Municipal Court hosted more than a dozen students from South Atlanta Law High, Frederick Douglass High and Carver of Technology for a mock trial and a day of education about the judicial system in observance of National Law Month.
The observance is designed to educate the public about the court and justice system in the United States.
The mock trial was sponsored by T.A.T.O.O. — Taking Action to Overcome Obstacles — a nonprofit organization that strives to create opportunities for under-served youth. The objective of the mock trial was to expose students to the role of the judicial systems in today’s society. The mock trial involved a stand your ground criminal case, using information the students learned from the actual Trayvon Martin case.
Special guest during the trial was the Honorable Crystal A. Gaines, chief judge of the Atlanta Municipal Court.
“This mock trial enabled the student to gain a better grasp of the judicial system beyond what is often shown in a sound bite on television,” Archibong said addressing students about the American legal system and law careers.
“I would like to thank the municipal court for opening their doors to these students which allowed them to learn such a great lesson. Undoubtedly, from the day’s trial, we have some great aspiring legal minds on the horizon.”
Archibong a graduate of the Atlanta Public Schools, is a practicing attorney and earned her law she earned her law degree from the University of Georgia.