September 5, 2018
On Friday, August 24, 2018, AGBU Manoukian High School (MHS) officially started this year’s Constitutional Rights Foundation (CRF) Mock Trial Program. The program initially launched three years ago when the Armenian Bar Association (ABA) and AGBU Western District collaborated to implement the program at AGBU MHS as part of an ABA Initiative. The ABA supports the program by providing coaches and scrimmages between schools. Since its launch, the program has gained a lot of student interest and participation and has even expanded over to the AGBU Manoogian-Demirjian School (MDS). AGBU MHS went on to make it in the semi-finals in 2017, which was a note-worthy accomplishment.
While the CRF has yet to release the 2018 case, AGBU MHS got a head start by meeting with their new coach, Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney, Rouman Ebrahim. Ebrahim started the class by giving the students a short introduction about his extensive background as an attorney as well as introduced them to what they should expect during the course of the program.
“When you’re preparing for an event, it’s usually the journey that’s important,” expressed Ebrahim, in order to convey that the journey preparing for the competition will be just as important as the competition itself.