AUSAs Reema El-Amamy, Ben Barron, Chris Kendall, Jamie Lang, Aron Ketchel, Alexander Schwab, Ryan White, and Joe Axelrad participated this year in the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office Project LEAD. Project LEAD is a law-related education program established by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office in partnership with the Constitutional Rights Foundation. Prosecutors volunteer to teach 5th graders that the choices they make today can affect their lives forever.
Since its inception in 1993, Project LEAD has touched the lives of tens of thousands of students in public schools throughout Los Angeles County. It also has been replicated in several other states and foreign countries. Project LEAD teaches students about our government, the criminal justice system, techniques for resolving conflict and resisting peer pressure. The lessons promote tolerance and respect for diversity, the role of education in achieving economic stability, the financial benefits of staying in school and acquaints students with basic household budgeting. The program concludes with students performing a mock trial, this year in Judge Gutierrez’s court, putting into practice what they have learned about the criminal justice system. This year the mock trial focused on gun possession and the AUSAs said the students did a remarkable job. The program ended with a pizza party and an opportunity for the kids to meet and ask questions of Acting USA Brown and a DEA agent.