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.

Pre-Law Magnet Students Experience Mock Trial at Chapman University

Mock Trial session held at the Chapman University Law School
Mock Trial session held at the Chapman University Law School

By Eric Stroupe, Vice Principal

JSerra’s Pre-Law Professional Magnet Program students traveled to Chapman Law School to participate in a mock trial.  Chapman Law School generously donated the use of their mock trial courtroom at the university.

Several legal professionals volunteered their time to show the students what a real jury trial looked like from beginning to end.  The volunteer participants included a retired superior court commissioner, a San Diego deputy district attorney, a San Diego alternate public defender, a superior court bailiff, an Anaheim police officer, and an Anaheim assistant city attorney.   Lastly, our very own senior Monika Patel played the role of the defendant who allegedly stole a plush toy from Disneyland.  Imagine, someone stealing from the Mouse.

JSerra law magnet students played the role of prospective jurors who heard the case.  The trial included jury selection, opening statements, direct and cross examination for both the prosecution and defense cases, jury deliberations and the final verdict.  Jury deliberations were quite spirited and could be heard through the jury deliberation room door.

This seminar is a prelude to the Spring semester mock trial competition the students will train for and participate in during April and May.  During the Spring competition, law magnet prosecution and defense teams will go head to head against each other during their own mock trial.  Instead of watching the key players conduct the trial, they will be playing the roles of the key players.  There will be four trials with the students being able to play multiple roles.  It promises to be challenging, interesting and great fun.

Law Magnet Information Night

Join JSerra and Pre-Law Magnet Advisor Patrick Ahle for an introduction to JSerra’s newest Magnet Program for those interested in law.

When: Monday, August 13 at 6 p.m.

Where: JSerra Library, located in building two

Who: All those interested in law

Click here for Law Magnet info.

To apply download the form here. 

For more information please contact Eric Stroupe at