Law Magnet Program Names Mock Trial Coaches

Patrick Ahle, Former Prosecutor and JSerra Pre-Law Professional Magnet Program Advisor
Patrick Ahle, Former Prosecutor and JSerra Pre-Law Professional Magnet Program Advisor

The JSerra Pre Law Professional Magnet Program is pleased to announce our new mock trial competition coaches.  They are Mr. Jeffrey Tobin, Ms. Kimberly LaSalle, Mr. Bobby Taghavi, and Ms. Vanessa Woods.

These four outstanding attorneys have 53 years of experience as attorneys, and have completed over 300 jury trials and hundreds of other types of hearings and motions.  Each of them is extremely gifted in the practice of law.  Together, they will teach our law magnet students not only how to compete, but also how to excel in the upcoming Fall, 2013 Constitutional Rights Foundation Mock Trial Competition.  This is an outstanding coaching team and our students will be well served under their capable leadership and trial skills.

Lastly, Law Magnet Director Patrick Ahle will be acting as the fifth mock trial coach.  This will bring the coaching team’s collective number of years of experience as attorneys to 76 years, and our collective number of completed jury trials to over 400 trials.

For more information about the backgrounds of the law magnet coaches, please visit the JSerra Law Magnet here.

JSerra Catholic High School Announces New Pre-Law Professional Magnet Program

Patrick Ahle, Former Prosecutor and JSerra Pre-Law Professional Magnet Program Advisor

*A press release from  JSerra Catholic High School  

July 5, 2012—(San Juan Capistrano, CA)—JSerra Catholic High School announces the launch of the Pre-Law Professional Magnet Program (PLPMP), the third of its kind at JSerra.

The addition of the schools third Magnet Program comes after the success of the rigorous Business and Pre-Medical Magnet Programs.

JSerra’s law-specific courses will be taught by a Chapman Law School adjunct professor, Patrick Ahle, who has over 20 years of experience as a prosecutor and has also served as a volunteer judge pro tem.

“Students completing the key law courses offered by the Law Magnet Program will be better prepared prior to their arrival at their law school of choice,” said Patrick Ahle, former prosecutor and JSerra PLPMP advisor.

“The first year of law school is considered one of the most difficult graduate school years. Completing the pre-law program in high school will assist the students in their transition from undergraduate to graduate school. Being better prepared will give them a tremendous advantage over other incoming law school students,” said Ahle.

Students enrolled in the Law Magnet will be required to take courses in criminal law, contract law, trial advocacy, leadership, honors English, and constitutional law. Students will also participate in speech and debate.

Chapman Law School has also generously made available their Mock Court facilities to allow JSerra’s PLPMP students an authentic litigation experience. Additionally, Dr. John Eastman, the Henry Salvatori Professor of Law and Community Service and former Dean of Chapman Law School, will serve as a faculty advisor for the program.

“With the addition of the Pre-Law Magnet Program we hope to better prepare our students for a career in law. Under the direction of two successful attorneys both will bring an experienced hand to help guide the students in the program, bringing a real-world opportunity directly to the students,” said JSerra Vice Principal, Eric Stroupe.

An informational meeting is set to be held Thursday, July 12 at 6 p.m. in the JSerra Center Room.

About the Law Magnet Program

The mission of the Pre-Law Magnet Program is the development of analytical and critical thinking skills, along with an understanding of the ethical role lawyers play in society. The program will provide students with an instructional curriculum and practicum to allow each student to apply their knowledge in a hands-on platform. The program will incorporate the core values of JSerra including faith, integrity, pursuit of excellence, and a commitment to service.

About JSerra Catholic High School
Just nine years old, JSerra Catholic High School has grown into one of the region’s top university preparatory institutions. Its graduates include National Merit Scholarship winners, Ivy League university students, Division I collegiate athletes and young adults committed to being a positive force in their communities. Located in San Juan Capistrano, the school features $110-million facilities, including a state-of-the-art $40 million athletic complex. For more, visit

Victoria Moyzis wins first prize in annual Holocaust Art and Writing competition

*Currently running in the O.C. Register

Sally Roisman, born Sally Zielinski in 1930 in Poland, was torn from her family by the German occupation in 1939. Victoria Moyzis, born in 1995 in China, was abandoned on a train as a consequence of the One Child policy.

Historical events broke their families apart. At the 12th annual Holocaust Art and Writing contest at Chapman University on Friday, art brought them together.

The contest invites students to view testimony of Holocaust survivors online, then craft a piece of art or writing based on their impressions.

Entries are accepted from high schools and middle schools nationwide and are judged by a panel of luminaries and intellectuals including Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel. The top two entries in each category are awarded a cash prize, and first prize brings a trip to Washington, D.C.

Victoria Moyzis, McKeagney, and Sally Roisman

Moyzis, a 10th-grader at JSerra Catholic High School, took the $500 first prize in prose writing in the middle school category. She embraced Roisman onstage after the ceremony. In her essay, she wrote about the pain of being separated from family.

“Like Sally, there are so many questions I would like to ask, and so many answers that I will never know,” Moyzis wrote. “The loss and uncertainty about our parents caused by discrimination unites us.”

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