Lear Werts partner Brad Lear served as the presiding judge in a hotly-contested murder trial at the Boone County Courthouse. And while it was not a real murder trial, it was almost as intense. All the attorneys and witnesses were 8th grade home school students from Columbia, MO and Kirksville, MO. Brad was incredibly impressed by the level of preparation and skilled advocacy that the students brought to their presentations. The young people were also well-supported by their family and friends as the pews in the courtroom were jam packed with spectators. A volunteer jury of 7 community members patiently listed to all the evidence and provided feedback to the participants. When asked about the event, Brad remarked “When done correctly, the practice of law is an honored profession. These young people are certainly doing it correctly. I was so gratified to see that students in our community have an interest in advocacy and justice.”
The header image is Brad with the team from Kirksville, and the below image is Brad with the host team from Columbia. Both teams were superb.