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Kids enrolled in the Reading Arts Mathematics (RAM) Foundation’s Summer Enrichment Program will learn a lot more about the legal system thanks to volunteers from the South Carolina Bar. On Wednesday July 5, from 9:30 to 11 a.m., attorney volunteers will conduct a mock trial for the students at the Richland County Courthouse.
“We chose to host a mock trial event for these children because we want them to be exposed to as many career opportunities as possible,” said Nichole Davis, Risk Management Counsel at the South Carolina Bar. “More importantly, we want them to see that there are people out there, who look like them, that are doing great things.”
Davis is coordinating other attorney volunteers to participate as attorneys and witnesses. The Hon. Michelle Hurley, Chief Administrative Family Court Judge for the Fifth Circuit, has agreed to preside over the mock trial. The students will participate as members of the jury and audience.
“Sometimes it’s hard to set goals when you don’t know what the possibilities are,” said Davis. “I want these children to know that their possibilities are endless.”
The Summer Enrichment Program is a free six-week camp for underprivileged youth in Richland County. The program exposes youth, ranging in age from 4 to 17, to activities meant to encourage building a better future. This is the second year students will have the opportunity to participate in the mock trial event.
About the Reading Arts Mathematics (RAM) Foundation:
The RAM Foundation provides a safe haven for underprivileged youth in Richland County during the summer months. The Foundation concentrates on meeting the children’s academic, social and wellness needs to help foster a better future.
About the South Carolina Bar:
The SC Bar, which has a membership of more than 16,000 lawyers, is dedicated to advancing justice, professionalism and understanding of the law.