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Adventures in Law & Crime (Rising grades 6-9)


June 22 - June 27, 2014



Spend your day in court—as an attorney! Learn about concepts of the court system, criminal investigation, defense and prosecution, and evidentiary and trial prosecution. Work with real-life attorneys and law enforcement officers, tackling a real case from the moment the crime is perpetrated. At the end of your adventure, your team will work out the crime through a mock trial. You’ll have the opportunity to visit local and supreme courts and see the legal system from the inside!


This course is a favorite among students and has been offered since 2007!


View a course schedule from last summer on the left side toolbar at this website! 




Meet the Instructor(s)


Thomas M. Neal, III, graduated from Baptist College at Charleston in 1980 with a B.S. in Political Science.  He graduated from the University of South Carolina’s School of Law in 1984, and was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in the same year. He clerked for the Honorable George T. Gregory, Associate Justice (Ret.) of the South Carolina Supreme Court.  He served as an assistant solicitor for the Fifth Judicial Circuit, primarily prosecuting child abuse and neglect actions in Family Court.  He entered private practice in 1988 with the Law Firm of Oxner & Oxner in Columbia, SC and opened his own office in 1997.  His practice is limited to Family Court and appellate matters.  Much of his practice is devoted to representing children in private custody actions.  He has served on the Children’s Committee of the South Carolina Bar, and on the Education Subcommittee of the Children’s Committee.  He is also a member of the American Bar Association.  He is a member of the Family Law sections of both the S.C. Bar and the A.B.A.


Deborah Harrison Sheffield is a cum laude graduate of the University of South Carolina (1981 – B.A. Political Science), and also a graduate of the USC School of Law (1984).  Deborah began her legal career as a law clerk for several judges on the state and federal bench which provided her with invaluable opportunities to observe both trial and appellate practice.  Since entering private practice in 1989, Deborah has focused on using her skills in legal research and writing as an appellate advocate and providing litigation support for trial lawyers.  She has participated in over 100 appeals in the South Carolina Appellate Courts and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and she has had the great honor of assisting with one case that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. She has presented programs to elementary students on the court system, and she has taught courses through Duke TIP Academic Adventures program held through Pre-University Programs at USC


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