first_imgOrange County’s Law Day activities win ABA award Orange County’s Law Day activities win ABA award Lori Spangler of the Orange/Osceola Public Defender’s Office and Lissa Bealke of the Construction Law Firm received the ABA’s 2005 Outstanding Law Day Activity Award.Orange County’s program was chosen because of its series of outreach programs to educate citizens on the rule of law. The PD’s office partnered with the Orange County Bar Association in 2005 for the Law Day activities. Spangler, chief of paralegal and secretary support services for the public defender’s office, co-chaired the Law Day activities with Lissa Bealke, senior paralegal for Construction Law Firm.The PD’s office collaborated and incorporated the theme “The American Jury: We the People in Action” by providing members of its office to stage Wolf v. Pig mock trials for elementary students, mentor middle school students attending law camp, and coach Oak Ridge High School students in the circuit mock trail competition. The public defender’s office also hosted mock DUI trials during the high school prom season.Orange/Osceola Public Defender Bob Wesley, a founder of the Orange County Law Camp, was proud of the team’s accomplishment.“A lot of thought, planning, and hard work was put into this outreach program,” Wesley said. “I’m thankful to our public defender employees who went into the community to help people understand how our legal system works. Congratulations to Lori and Lissa. They’re a real asset to our legal community.”Some of the other Orange County Bar Association Law Day activities included: poster and essay contests; mock trials; partnering with the University of Central Florida for a naturalization ceremony for 1,000 new citizens; partnering with Jury Services at the Orange County Courthouse to display children’s contest posters and read the children’s essays to potential jurors; Liberty Bell Award; and Law Day Luncheon. April 15, 2006 Regular Newslast_img

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