DMBA Barristers hold mock trial


Taking part in the program were (l-r) James Britton, school principal Felicia Jones, Jaden Garner, academic coordinator Kai Flanagain, Brian McGinty, Jontavious Moore, Tifani Sadek, Ibnath Ahmed, Antoinette Porter, Jovan Thomas, Ronda Tate, and drama teacher Arthur Ray.

The Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association Barristers hosted a mock trial at White Elementary School in Detroit May 8. The case of Moto Moto Hippo vs. Melman Giraffe was performed by several third-graders and volunteer attorneys for an audience of approximately 300 students. Based loosely on the hit cartoon movie, “Madagascar,” the trial involved a “stolen” diamond. Students performed the roles of judge, attorneys and jurors while the volunteer attorneys acted as the parties and witnesses. The mock trial was a follow up to the DMBA’s “Meet-A-Lawyer” program held at the school in April.

“The programs were designed to educate our youth about the law in a fun and creative manner,” said DMBA Elementary Chair Ronda Tate. “We valued this opportunity to expose the students to the legal field at such a young age. It was inspiring to hear many of them express an interest in becoming an attorney as this was definitely our goal.”

The program volunteers included: Judge Prentis Edwards, Jr.  of the 36th District Court; Antoinette Porter of DTE; Brian McGinty of Butzel Long; Tiffany Sadek of Clark Hill; and James Britton of Sachs Waldman.