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By Ani Amirkhanian | December 6, 2006
When Terry Piumetti isn't teaching, she spends her weekends at school mentoring students who are interested in learning about the law — and now she's being honored for it. Piumetti, a history teacher at Providence High School, is also the mock-trial coordinator at the school. She also teaches law as an elective. "It's so important to me that I dedicate my time to the students so they learn," said Piumetti, a native of Glendale. "Not because they are going to become attorneys, it's so they understand how they can become better citizens."
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By Rachel Kane | October 3, 2006
Marissa Robertson sat in classroom 8103 and prepared her witness for testimony. This was the first of many hours they will spend poring over information about a lone student's desperate attempt at bombing a school. "They're kind of just brainstorming together," said Sierra Vasquez, Crescenta Valley High School's Mock Trial club moderator. Marissa, 16, of La Crescenta, and 20 other students will spend the next month preparing witnesses, memorizing information and making cases for and against a made-up defendant.
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By Angela Hokanson | December 19, 2007
Kenneth Mac Neal, 17, hasn’t been to law school, and he hasn’t ever taken the bar exam. But he was recently recognized for his burgeoning legal skills during the Los Angeles County mock trial competition held by the Constitutional Rights Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Los Angeles. Kenneth, a senior at St. Francis High School in La Cañada Flintridge, took home an “Outstanding Defense Pretrial Attorney” award for his role in the fictional murder case that was the focus of this year’s competition.
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December 20, 2002
Gary Moskowitz Eighteen-year-old Lili Melikian is using her artistic talents to seek out justice in the courtroom. The Clark Magnet High School senior is perfecting the skill of drawing courtroom sketches, and recently won first place at the 25th annual Los Angeles County Mock Trial Competition. "I was interested in becoming a real lawyer, but I thought drawing was cool and just kept doing it," Melikian said. "It is not the most exciting thing, but you are trying to capture emotions.
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By Michael J. Arvizu | February 9, 2010
Several students in Philip Kazanjian’s Program for Adult Continuing Education business law class dressed in their best for a mock court hearing last week based on a real case. On one side stood the plaintiffs, Angela, played by Tanya Marquez, and her four kids, who alleged that the defendant tricked them into believing they had won “500 grand” — $500,000 — in a radio call-in contest, when in fact they had won five 100 Grand candy bars. On the other side stood the defendants, comprising radio deejay Tom “Mr.
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By Max Zimbert | February 9, 2010
GLENDALE — The fate of three eighth-graders Monday was held by a jury of their seventh-grade peers. A guilty verdict would mean trash pickup. But students Arshen Charmahali, Christian Marquis and Livia Martorana knew what they were getting into when the applied for the role in the mock trial at Wilson Middle School. The Windsor Crime Scene Investigation traces a make-believe robbery in the school library. The project becomes an assembly hosted by an English, science and history class.
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By Mary O’Keefe | May 1, 2009
Spring break for some Rosemont Middle School students meant a trip to St. Louis. The Seventh Annual American Freedom Tour spent spring break week traveling the Midwest and getting an up close and personal look at history. They began their trip in Chicago where they climbed the Sears Tower and had dinner at Tommy Guns Garage, where they also enjoyed a play based on the prohibition era. Then they moved on to Springfield, Mo. and laid a wreath at Lincoln?s Tomb and visited the Lincoln Presidential Library.
NEWS
March 12, 2003
Back when I was engaged to my future ex-wife, she asked me one evening if I would serve as a juror in a mock trial at her law school. The mock trial was part of Melinda's finals, she explained, and 12 students were chosen at random to bring a loved one to serve on the jury. Her performance in the trial would count for a third of her grade. "What kind of case is it?" I asked. "A murder trial!" she said happily. "A death-penalty case! You get to send two people to the chair!"
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By Vince Lovato | May 31, 2006
GLENDALE ? It was just a mock trial but it looked very real at times. The plaintiff, Robbie Curtis, played by Hoover High School junior Zohrab Yaralian, 17, sat on the witness stand as the defense attorney prepared to question him. He was pale, he had no right arm, no left pinkie and he stared at his feet as he answered questions, often mumbling. He lost his arm and finger ? and his quality of life ? after he climbed a tree on the fictitious Diablo School District property, touched a power line that sent 8,000 volts through his body and then plummeted 35 feet landing on his head causing a loss of mental capacity.
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December 6, 2012
Crescenta Valley High School came in second place to James Monroe High School during the final round of the Los Angeles County mock trial competition held among 84 high schools. The defeat came after Crescenta Valley High took on the role of the prosecution during a three-hour mock trial Wednesday night at a downtown Los Angeles courthouse. The case: proving who was driving a car that hit a bicyclist. Monroe High is a magnet school in North Hills that specializes in law and government and has garnered media attention before for twice competing in mock trial finals in the past four years.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | December 4, 2012
Adrian Vega and Toni Deluca were driving home on a mid-April night when their car struck bicyclist Cameron Douglas. But the matter of who was driving the car was the topic of debate that took over a Los Angeles courtroom this week. Both Vega and Deluca are high school swimmers, aspiring Olympians and hopeful UCLA athletes, and each insisted they were not behind the wheel. Their testimony, in fact, was given on behalf of a Crescenta Valley student and a Louisville High student pretending to be Vega and Deluca during the semifinals of the Los Angeles County mock trial competition this week.
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November 30, 2012
Crescenta Valley High School has advanced to the semi-finals of a mock trial competition that began with 84 high schools in Los Angeles County in early November. The 20 students on Crescenta Valley's team have advanced to beat out 80 other schools to reach the final four, and will compete against three other unidentified schools in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom Dec. 3. The case? A car accident in which texting may have been involved. During the mock trials, the students act as prosecutors or defense attorneys.
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By Michael J. Arvizu | February 9, 2010
Several students in Philip Kazanjian’s Program for Adult Continuing Education business law class dressed in their best for a mock court hearing last week based on a real case. On one side stood the plaintiffs, Angela, played by Tanya Marquez, and her four kids, who alleged that the defendant tricked them into believing they had won “500 grand” — $500,000 — in a radio call-in contest, when in fact they had won five 100 Grand candy bars. On the other side stood the defendants, comprising radio deejay Tom “Mr.
NEWS
By Max Zimbert | February 9, 2010
GLENDALE — The fate of three eighth-graders Monday was held by a jury of their seventh-grade peers. A guilty verdict would mean trash pickup. But students Arshen Charmahali, Christian Marquis and Livia Martorana knew what they were getting into when the applied for the role in the mock trial at Wilson Middle School. The Windsor Crime Scene Investigation traces a make-believe robbery in the school library. The project becomes an assembly hosted by an English, science and history class.
LOCAL
By Mary O’Keefe | May 1, 2009
Spring break for some Rosemont Middle School students meant a trip to St. Louis. The Seventh Annual American Freedom Tour spent spring break week traveling the Midwest and getting an up close and personal look at history. They began their trip in Chicago where they climbed the Sears Tower and had dinner at Tommy Guns Garage, where they also enjoyed a play based on the prohibition era. Then they moved on to Springfield, Mo. and laid a wreath at Lincoln?s Tomb and visited the Lincoln Presidential Library.
NEWS
By Angela Hokanson | December 19, 2007
Kenneth Mac Neal, 17, hasn’t been to law school, and he hasn’t ever taken the bar exam. But he was recently recognized for his burgeoning legal skills during the Los Angeles County mock trial competition held by the Constitutional Rights Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Los Angeles. Kenneth, a senior at St. Francis High School in La Cañada Flintridge, took home an “Outstanding Defense Pretrial Attorney” award for his role in the fictional murder case that was the focus of this year’s competition.
NEWS
By Ani Amirkhanian | December 6, 2006
When Terry Piumetti isn't teaching, she spends her weekends at school mentoring students who are interested in learning about the law — and now she's being honored for it. Piumetti, a history teacher at Providence High School, is also the mock-trial coordinator at the school. She also teaches law as an elective. "It's so important to me that I dedicate my time to the students so they learn," said Piumetti, a native of Glendale. "Not because they are going to become attorneys, it's so they understand how they can become better citizens."
NEWS
By Rachel Kane | October 3, 2006
Marissa Robertson sat in classroom 8103 and prepared her witness for testimony. This was the first of many hours they will spend poring over information about a lone student's desperate attempt at bombing a school. "They're kind of just brainstorming together," said Sierra Vasquez, Crescenta Valley High School's Mock Trial club moderator. Marissa, 16, of La Crescenta, and 20 other students will spend the next month preparing witnesses, memorizing information and making cases for and against a made-up defendant.
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