University of Houston-Clear Lake alumna and Harris County Associate Judge Mary Callier of Deer Park (second from left) officiated at a dedication ceremony for UH-Clear Lake’s new mock courtroom in late October. The new room in the university’s Bayou Building fulfills a 10-year-long dream for Associate Professor of Legal Studies Jim Benson (second from right). Dean of the School of Business William T. Cummings (right) and Provost Carl A. Stockton (left) also attended the dedication. The courtroom furniture, purchased by the university, was formerly housed in Fort Bend County 400th District Court. Benson’s written dedication for the mock courtroom, signed by Judge Callier, reads: “This Mock Trial Courtroom is dedicated to our founding fathers, the colonial patriot soldiers and their families who sacrificed their lives and their fortunes to restore and preserve one of the most cherished liberties of a free society — the right to trial by jury.”
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