Project LAW for Fourth and Ninth Graders
Plaquemines Parish fourth and ninth grade students participated in Project L.A.W. (Legal-thinking, Awareness, and Wellness of mind/body, environment, economics, and spirit), a school program by Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal Judge Joy Cossich Lobrano and coordinated by Fourth Circuit Research Attorney and local resident Jami Becnel. Various Project LAW classes visited Judge Lobrano’s court and the Louisiana Supreme Court and toured the courtrooms, Law Museum, and Louisiana Law Library, including its Rare Books Room, where the students saw the Partidas (1587), Code Civil Français (Napoleonic Code, 1804), and the Diderot Encyclopedia (1750-1765), among other rare and historical books and printed materials.
This year marks Judge Lobrano’s 20th anniversary teaching in our schools. In fact, Judge Lobrano taught Attorney Becnel the Project LEAD program in 2002 when Jami was a fifth grader at OLPH and Judge Lobrano was our local prosecutor. “I remember the program well and Judge Lobrano making such a positive impression on me that I told Judge Lobrano back in 2002 that I wanted to be a lawyer like her.” She replied, “When you finish law school, come see me.” As Becnel, now a lawyer, explained, “I did what she said and here I am 17 years later working with Judge Lobrano, enjoying every moment, and having the opportunity to be part of her 20 year tradition of teaching our students about the law, good decision-making, and wellness.”
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