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Date: February 18, 2008

Law Mentoring Program Puts Pirates On Trial

Even Captain Jack Sparrow can’t escape the scales of justice when the University of Victoria Faculty of Law students put him and fellow pirates on trial as part of their “Law for All” mentoring program running all this week for local high school students at various locations in Victoria.

One of the highlights will be Friday’s mock trial, based on events depicted in the blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean movies. The moot court case will be presided over by a local judge and conducted in the historic Victorian Courtroom, inside the Maritime Museum of B.C. in Bastion Square.

The week-long series of free events is a student-run initiative that gives high school students the opportunity to meet UVic Law students and professors, learn about the school’s legal education program, visit the Victoria courthouse and talk with members of the legal profession. The “Law For All” organizers, who visit Greater Victoria schools each year to talk to local teens, are looking forward to sharing their experiences in this unique mentoring environment.

The “Law For All” program is open to all high school students and runs from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. each day:

Monday, 18 Feb.: welcome to participants; “Law and You” information session; introduction to the moot court case (at the UVic Faculty of Law’s Fraser Building)

Tuesday, 19 Feb.: Admission to Law School presentation; the importance of oral advocacy; introduction to criminal law and the elements of theft (at the UVic Faculty of Law’s Fraser Building)
Wednesday, 20 Feb.: visit to the Victoria courthouse, including a tour and a chance to meet a judge and Crown counsel (at the downtown Victoria courthouse)
Thursday, 21 Feb.: workshop; group work on the trial and practice of oral advocacy (at the UVic Faculty of Law’s Fraser Building)
Friday, 22 Feb.: Mock trials; program wrap-up and reception (at the Maritime Museum of B.C. in Bastion Square)
For more information or to register email uvic.lawforall@gmail.com.

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Media contacts:
Lina Rahman (UVic Law student and Law for All organizer) at 250-686-1173 or mailto:uvic.lawforall@gmail.com
Thomas Winterhoff (UVic Law Communications) at 250-893-4586 or lawcomm@uvic.ca

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