Law Camp Gives Loudoun Teens Legal Crash Course

By TJ Davis

Twenty four rising high school seniors put their law knowledge to the test this week during the 2018 Thomas D. Horne Leadership in the Law program.

The law camp, which is now in its 18th year, gives high school students an opportunity to learn the ins and outs of the legal system from local lawyers, judges and clerks.

Throughout this week, students were given a mock trial scenario and a case outline, and then they were assigned to serve as prosecuting attorneys and defense attorneys in the case. With the help of mentors, professionals in the field, they prepared for the mock trial, which played out in the old courthouse today.

Retired Judge Thomas D. Horne presided over the mock trial and offered tips to students to improve their courtroom skills. Community leaders, including Leesburg Town Councilman Ron Campbell and Loudoun County Public Schools Public Information Officer Wayde Byard, served as volunteer jurors.

The law camp is free for students, thanks to the help of sponsors and donors.

TJ Davis is a summer intern at Loudoun Now, studying journalism at Liberty University.

2 thoughts on “Law Camp Gives Loudoun Teens Legal Crash Course

  • 2018-06-24 at 8:25 am

    Good continuing community service by Judge Horne. Too bad we don’t see this picked up by the greater DC news media.

    I would Rather see some positive news than how metro doesn’t work or who is fighting with who in Congress.

  • 2018-06-25 at 12:36 pm

    This is a good program by Judge Horne but is disgraced by having LCPS PIO Wayde Byard participate. He committed perjury in Loudoun courts a couple of years back. The Virginia State Police found the charges to be credible and well-documented. By having this program run by a bunch of good ol’ boys, all it does is show how backward Loudoun still is. And it demonstrates why so many in the legal profession, including his lawyers who put Byard on the stand to lie, deserve the awful reputation they have.

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