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2003 Press Releases

CONTACT PERSON: VALERIE WILLARD
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
(504) 599-0319

  MAY 5, 2003

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

In recognition of Law Day 2003 theme, Celebrate Your Freedom: Independent Courts Protect Our Liberties , Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Bernette J. Johnson presided over a mock trial presented today at the Louisiana Supreme Court by 36 fifth grade students from Port Sulphur High in Plaquemines Parish.

The mock trial is the culmination of a 12 week program, Project L.E.A.D. (Legal Enrichment and Decision-making), which is sponsored by the Plaquemines Parish District Attorney's Office and provides several Assistant District Attorney to teach the L.E.A.D. classes.

"The L.E.A.D. classes are designed to help students recognize and analyze potential consequences of the difficult decisions they face during adolescence and beyond. By focusing on peer pressure, responsibility, self-respect, self-control and self esteem, Project L.E.A.D. gives students the tools necessary to avoid many of the pitfalls and traps that often lead to delinquent conduct and criminal activity," said Plaquemines Parish District Attorney Darryl W. Bubrig, Sr.

The Project L.E.A.D. mock trial revolves around a fictitious case where a student is charged with selling drugs on the Plaqumines High School campus. According to Justice Johnson, "Using this law-related education model, these students have learned first hand that the rule of law protects our freedoms in a democracy and that legal cases are decided by applying the law to the facts, not by the passions of the moment or by public opinion. This program is a shining example of what Law Day is all about."

Law Day, May 1, was established by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1957 in an effort to celebrate the American legal system and strengthen understanding of the American heritage of liberty, justice and equality under the law.

In addition the hosting the mock trial, the Louisiana Supreme Court also sponsored a "What Law Day Means to Me" Poster Contest for Louisiana middle and high school students participating in the Celebrate Your Freedom Youth Summit conducted by the Louisiana Center for Law Related Education.

For TV stations unable to attend in person a satellite feed will be available.

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