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.