Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Thurgood Marshall argued 19 cases before the Supreme Court

And he won 14 of them.

So, when Thurgood Marshall Academy fields a mock trial team, there are considerable shoes to fill. On Monday night, at the opening round of the annual Street Law Mock Trial Tournament, sixteen TMA students did their part to uphold his legacy.

The Street Law program at Georgetown University has been a TMA partner since our inception. Each year, a law student works with a group of seniors in a traditional classroom setting, both to teach the complexities of the law and to prepare students for the year-end tournament. During each round of the tournament, schools serve as both the prosecution and as the defense in multiple hearings of the same case. And after one round, the 2010 TMA mock trial team is undefeated, having won both as the prosecution and as the defense in a case about domestic violence.

Four students were recognized for outstanding performance: Melvin Atcherson and Mache Chase (for their work as attorneys) and Tashayla Savage and Tevin Brown (for their efforts as witnesses). Please come out to support the entire group this Thursday night at 6:00PM at the DC Superior Court House (500 Indiana Ave, NW) for round two.

The 2010 TMA mock trial team consists of:

Melvin Atcherson
Tevin Brown
Christine Cauley
Mache Chase
Rashada Coton
Shavari Cox
Andrea Daniels
Tiesha Dowing
Quentonio Hickman
Cin’Cerae LeaBough
Brittany McGhee
Franki Miller
Parris Roberston
Tashayla Savage
Imani Walker
Caprice Wilson

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