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For the third consecutive year, Mayer Brown’s Chicago office hosted the Lawndale Christian Legal Center (LCLC) Youth Mock Trial, where nearly a dozen youth and young adults from Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood showcased their legal knowledge and skills acquired through LCLC’s Court Advocacy Apprenticeship program.

The mock trial came at the conclusion of the program, which required participants to complete 30 hours in job-readiness classes and eight weeks of curriculum. At the mock trial, program participants played the role of attorneys presenting both sides of a real-life case, and audience jurors decided the verdict.

“Year after year, it’s an honor to host this annual event and rewarding to witness LCLC apprenticeship program participants display their knowledge of the legal system during various stages of a mock trial,” said Marc Kadish, Mayer Brown’s director of pro bono activities and litigation training. “LCLC is doing some great work with youth in the Lawndale area and we truly value our longstanding relationship with the organization.”

All proceeds from ticket sales and donations for the mock trial will go toward the LCLC College Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to minority youth who have overcome the challenges of going through the criminal justice system to become stronger people.

LCLC is a community-based, non-profit organization in Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood. Through quality legal representation, compassionate social health services, and one-on-one mentoring, LCLC’s mission is to help youth and young adults become good citizens and leaders of the community.