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Future Young Lawyers Getting a Headstart

April 11, 2008

On Wednesday, the City and the Bar Association held a special reception for the Overbrook High School Mock Trial team.  The team’s accomplishments have been recently documented: three consecutive city mock trial championships and now the state-wide Pennsylvania Bar Association Mock Trial Competition.

The eight students, all seniors, certainly had to earn their honors.  As Mayor Nutter pointed out, while the NCAA basketball champ has to beat out 64 other teams in the tournament, Overbrook had to outlast 294 schools to win the state title.  Team member Ian Wiley, who spoke for the team, noted how it was nice to be recognized for winning this type of competition rather than a basketball, football or other athletic championship.  Next up for the Overbrook Panthers: the nationals on May 9-10 in Delaware.

So we should congratulate, praise and continue to encourage these fine city students, who could very well be the future young lawyers of Philadelphia.  Or, of course, we can warn them to switch their paths while they still can. . .      

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