H.S. Students Get a Look at a Career in Law

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PANAMA CITY- It’s the kind of case that winds-up in our local courtrooms all the time.

A family sues a driver who hit and killed their loved one in a car crash.

To the casual observer, it appears to be the real thing.

"We have real attorney's, real judge, real bajunior leadership bay programiliff, it's a great program," said Keith Bryant, bay county traffic engineering manager.

The program is junior leadership bay program mock trial.

Students played the roles of jurors and witnesses, while real lawyers from Manuel and Thompson try the case before a real judge.

"It’s giving them a realistic view in our judicial system and court system," said Zachary Taylor, Manuel and Thompson attorney.

"It’s very important for civics education. That’s a big push from the Florida bar this year is to help every student and adults to increase their knowledge of civic matters and we just hope that they understand the judicial branches are very important," said Colin McMichael, Manuel and Thompson attorney.

Organizers say this is also an opportunity to highlight local career opportunities.

"In year's past, we had a lot of high school students thinking that they had to leave Bay County to pursue their career goal, that's not the case we have plenty of opportunity here in Bay County," said Bryant.

And the students say it's giving them another option to consider for their future.

"It’s been cool to see a variety of leaders in Bay County and how they work," said Paige Whiting, junior leadership bay participant.

"It just teaches you things that you never thought you had in this town," said Juliana Marko, junior leadership bay participant.

"Not only have students come back and told us how great the program was for them. But our last chairman was a graduate from our second class."