DBA Hosts Mock Voir Dire
Law Day is an annual celebration of the U.S. justice system. One of the highlights for the Law Day Committee each year is conducting a mock voir dire program for Dallas ISD high school students. This program gives high school students the opportunity to visit the Dallas County courthouse, learn about the jury system and participate in a voir dire demonstration.
The mock voir dire was held at the George C. Allen Courts building on April 12, 2013. Approximately 300 students from nine schools participated. DBA President Sally Crawford and Hon. Martin Hoffman (68th Civil District Court) welcomed the students. Hamilton Lindley, of Deans & Lyons, LLP, served as moderator of a panel discussion on the importance of voting. Panelists included Judge Hoffman, Judge Jane J. Boyle, of the U.S. District Court, and Vonciel Jones Hill, attorney and Dallas City Council member.
The students were then treated to a demonstration of the voir dire process by several Dallas trial lawyers—Rob Bogdanowicz, of Deans & Lyons, LLP; Shonn Brown, of Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail Shank LLP; John Burkhead, of The Law Offices of Frank L. Branson, P.C.; Ophelia Camina, of Susman Godfrey L.L.P.; Trey Crawford, of Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail Shank LLP; Greg Deans, of Deans & Lyons, LLP; Brian Hail, of Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail Shank LLP; Rachel Montes, of Montes Law Group; and Eric Policastro, of Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail Shank LLP. The students served as members of the jury panel. Judge Hoffman along with Hon. Rob Cañas (County Criminal Court No. 10), Hon. Mark Greenberg (County Court at Law No. 5), Hon. Jeffrey Rosenfeld (County Court of Criminal Appeals No. 2) and Hon. Chris Wilmoth (Probate Court No. 2) presided over the proceedings. Following the demonstration, the students were given an opportunity to ask questions of the lawyers and the judges.
The Law Day Committee thanks all those involved for helping to make this a premier event.