On May 19, 2015, our partner, Melody Z. Richardson, was honored with the Atlanta Bar Association’s Professionalism Award. The Professionalism Award is presented to an attorney who has made outstanding contributions to a program or activity which advances or promotes excellence, professionalism, and public responsibility within the legal profession. For the last four years, Melody worked with the students in two of Sharif Lee’s classes at Therrell High School in southwest Atlanta to coach them for a mock trial exhibition. This year, Melody also served as the chair the Atlanta Dream Team Law Day program, during which the students presented their mock trial at the State Bar of Georgia Center, and via live video feed to Tifton and Savannah.
Atlanta Business Chronical contributing writer Janet Jones Kendall wrote in a recent article in the ABC:
Each spring for the past four years, Melody Richardson has shown up once a week at Atlanta’s Daniel McLaughlin Therrell High School to coach students in a mock trial as part of the Atlanta Bar Association’s Law Day Project.
During her 90-minute weekly visit, Richardson, managing member of Richardson Bloom & Lines Family Law Attorneys, teaches the students legal vocabulary, helps them understand the law that is applicable to the case the students will be performing that year, helps them brainstorm ideas for trial themes, helps them develop their questions for witnesses as well as their opening statements and closing arguments, teaches them how to get evidence admitted, and coaches them in proper courtroom etiquette and trial techniques.
If you are an Atlanta Business Chronicle subscriber, the full article can be viewed at: http://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/print-edition/2015/05/15/richardson-honored-for-law-day-work.html