Appellate Court Experience (ACE)

What's New

The next scheduled program will be held on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. in the courtroom on the Third Floor of the Ronald Reagan State Building. Students from Environmental Science High School in Los Angeles, CA, and Santa Margarita Catholic High School in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, will hear argument before the Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District with Division Four presiding.

The case that will be heard is People v. Desantiago (B268337). See below for the briefs for this case.

Schools wishing to participate in the ACE program should contact CRF at Lawyers interested in volunteering for ACE should send an email to

About Appellate Court Experience

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 40 High Schools in Los Angeles County. Schools that have participated are:

Arcadia High School
Bell High School
Beverly 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
Dorsey High School
El Camino High School
Environmental Charter
Environmental Science High School
Gabrielino High School
Highland 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
Magnolia High School
Mayfair High School
Millikan High School Peace Academy
Mira Costa High School
North Hollywood 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 Susana High School
Sequoyah School
Sierra Canyon
Smeltings Academy
South Pasadena High School
St. Brutus’s Secure Centre for Incurably Criminal Boys
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, call Joseph A. Lane, Clerk/Executive Officer, at 213-830-7000.

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