Appellate Court Experience (ACE)

Schools wishing to participate in the ACE program should contact CRF at

Lawyers interested in volunteering for ACE should send an email to

What's New

The next upcoming program is scheduled Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. in the Courtroom located on the Third Floor of the Ronald Reagan State Building. Students from Los Angeles School of Global Studies and Susan Miller Dorsey High School in Los Angeles, CA will participate and hear oral argument with Division Eight presiding. More information to follow.

About Appellate Court Experience

The next scheduled program will be held Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. in the Courtroom located on the Third Floor of the Ronald Reagan State Building. Students from Roosevelt High School in Los Angeles, CA and Los Altos High School in Hacienda Heights, CA will participate and hear oral argument with Division Three presiding.

The case scheduled to be heard is Bingener et al. v. City of Los Angeles et al.(B291112).


The Appellate Court Experience provides high school students with an opportunity to deepen their understanding of the judicial system.

Founded in 2005, ACE is co-sponsored by the Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, the Constitutional Rights Foundation (CRF), the Los Angeles County Bar Association's Appellate Courts Section (ACS), and the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers (CAAL).

The program includes a classroom curriculum administered by appellate attorneys from the ACS and the CAAL featuring a pending appeal, followed by a visit to the Court of Appeal to observe oral arguments in the case previously studied in the classroom. After oral argument, the students are introduced to the appellate court process first-hand with an opportunity to interact with the justices and the attorneys.

So far the Second Appellate District's ACE program has served thousands of students from over 50 High Schools in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. Schools that have participated are:

Arcadia High School
Applied Technology Center
Bell High School
Beverly High School
Buena High School
Burbank High School
Cabrillo High School
California High School
Camarillo High School
CAMS (Calif. Academy of Math and Science)
Carson High School
Cathedral High School
Channel Islands High School
Dorsey High School
El Camino High School
Environmental Charter
Environmental Science High School
Gabrielino High School
Highland High School
Hueneme High School
James Monroe High School
Jordan High School
King Drew Medical Magnet
L.A. Center for Enriched Studies
Learning Works
Long Beach Polytechnic High School
Los Altos High School
Los Angeles High School
Los Angeles High School of the Arts
Los Angeles School of Global Studies (At Miguel Contreras Learning Complex)
Magnolia High School

Mayfair High School
Mendez High School
Millikan High School Peace Academy
Mira Costa High School
North Hollywood High School
Oxnard High School
Pacifica High School
Parras Middle School
Pomona High School
Providence High School
Redondo Beach High School
Redondo Union High School
Roosevelt High School
Santa Margarita Catholic High School
Santa Fe High School
Santa Margarita Catholic High School
Santa Paula High School
Santa Susana High School
Sequoyah School
Sierra Canyon
South Pasadena High School
Teach Academy of Technologies
Ulysses S. Grant High School
Valley Academy of Arts & Sciences
Venice High School
Viewpoint High School
Woodrow Wilson High School
Workman High School

For more information, contact Daniel P. Potter, Clerk/Executive Officer, at 213-830-7000.