CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia recently teamed up with fourth grade students from Venable Elementary School in Charlottesville, Virginia to hold a mock trial.
For several weeks in October and early November, United States Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy and Assistant United States Attorney Ronald Huber, prepared the students for their roles in the mock trial by teaching them basic concepts of federal law, trial preparation, cross examination techniques and other relevant courtroom lessons.
On November 16, 2012, Venable students, their parents, AUSAs and support staff from the Charlottesville USAO came to order in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Charlottesville for the mock trial. Students assumed roles of prosecutors and defense attorneys.
“The kids did a fantastic job and learned a little something in the process,” United States Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy said today. “As Attorney General Holder has said many times, federal prosecutors are more than just case processors. We should strive to serve our communities in a variety of ways, including helping them learn about how the criminal justice system functions.”