Texarkana YLA to distribute legal handbooks to students on Law Day

The Texarkana Young Lawyers Association will celebrate Law Day on May 1 by going into schools and providing copies of “The Legal Handbook for Young Texans” to high school senior classes.

The association developed the free, comprehensive guide to address legal issues commonly faced by young adults. You can download the guide by following this link

President Dwight D. Eisenhower established Law Day in 1958 to challenge Americans to understand how the rule of law impacts their lives and to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to participate in a democracy.

Click here to learn about 2014 Law Day contests in Texas.

Texarkana Young Lawyers Association presents mock trial to local area high school students


Members of the Mock Trial Team in front of the federal courthouse
in Texarkana.

On March 4, 2013, a crowd of spectators had the opportunity to watch mock trial proceedings of a civil suit at the federal courthouse. The mock trial was performed by Baylor Law School's American Association for Justice Mock Trial Team.

Local lawyers, high school teachers and an administrator, members of the community, courthouse staff, and 60 high school students were in attendance. The students represented Pleasant Grove High School, Texas High School, Liberty-Eylau High School, and Arkansas High School.

The presiding judge was Magistrate Judge Barry Bryant. A panel of judges and lawyers was at hand to deliver feedback: Chief Justice Josh Morriss, Justice Jack Carter, Justice Bailey Moseley, Judge Donald Dowd, Troy Hornsby, and Jason Horton. The day before the mock trial, the team had the opportunity to perform a practice session before Judge Ralph Burgess.

Texarkana attorney Justin B. Smith, who was in attendance, said the event was very successful. "The courtroom was packed with high school students, the Baylor team performed exceedingly well, and the panel of judges and lawyers gave great feedback."

Smith encourages other local affiliates to coordinate similar presentations. "High school students can get a lot out of it, and it puts the legal profession and young lawyers in a great light."