For some people, the idea of going to court is terrifying. They may even choose not to proceed in a case out of fear for how the court proceedings may go. That’s why we at Hodge & Langley Law Firm find it very valuable to help our clients prepare for court and know what to expect. We also appreciate the chance to try out arguments on sample juries to better define our cases. For these reasons, we prepared plans to build a Mock Courtroom – but then, as the other benefits to the community became clear, we realized this courtroom would be a true asset to all of Spartanburg.
Last year, the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics at the University of South Carolina Upstate opened the Charles J. Hodge Mock Courtroom. Hodge & Langley Law Firm is proud to have been the lead donor for the project. Community members, nonprofit groups, students and our staff now regularly use and benefit from this local resource.
The Hodge & Langley Mock Courtroom is a key part of the campus’ Child Protection Training Center, which offers experiential training for child abuse investigations and court proceedings. The courtroom helps professionals gain hands-on training from real-world situations to learn how to handle child abuse claims, investigations and trials.
Additionally, Hodge & Langley’s lawyers, staff and clients use it for court preparations and focus groups. We’re proud to have our name on such an important community asset that is working to put child abusers behind bars, help police, inspire future lawyers, and yes, even improve our preparation for our clients.
For more information on USCU’s Charles J. Hodge Mock Courtroom, visit the Child Protection Training Center webpage.