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Meet MDEAT's Latest Intern, Reneson Jean-Louis

Reneson Jean-Louis pictureFrom watching criminal behavior on the hard streets of Miami to pursing a criminal law degree, Jean-Louis Reneson is the first student volunteer to return to Miami-Dade County Teen Court as a college intern.

Jean-Louis is currently attending Huntington University in Huntington, Indiana where he is majoring in Pre-Law/Bible and Religion. Through the University he is able to intern with MDEAT and receive credit for the internship.

Jean- Louis grew up in a poverty-stricken neighborhood, drug-dealers, prostitutes, and criminals were prevalent. He says, “Seeing the police enforcement storm through my neighborhood to rid us of our community parasites and cancers became the norm. Since I was five I knew that the law field was something I would be interested in. It was only until high school where my interest would soon transform into ambitions and aspirations.”

In his first year of high school, he decided to explore the vacuum of law by joining the school’s Law Studies program. There he was introduced to Mock Trials, this gave him a better understanding of how the legal system works and specifically about courtroom etiquette and procedures. It would be two years later that I would participate on a traveling mock trial team.

In the inception of his senior year, a close friend of his by the name of Luis Salazar introduced him to Teen Court. He got involved in the program and fell completely in love with it. The theme of Teen Court was simple and direct. The agenda offers a second chance to teen offenders. The straightforward program provides restorative justice to juveniles who have issues and are struggling with stealing, damaging property or fighting, and other misdemeanors. Teen Court provides counseling and mentoring to all teens in the program. The program also has a multitude of opportunities for students who are interested in the legal systems to participate in. A student may participate as a bailiff, a juror member, a clerk, and or an attorney (Defense attorney or State Prosecutor).

Jean-Louis states, “What I loved most about Teen court was that it is real. The judges, the jury members, and cases are all real; also the love and dedication the program directors have for the teen offenders and their future are impactful. Because of Teen Court I can truly say that I am steps ahead and steps closer to reaching my career goal to becoming an attorney. “

MDEAT is very lucky to have this young man assisting in the day to day Teen Court processes, and wishes him the very best in all his future endeavors.

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