Community Outreach

Throughout the year, the Howard County State's Attorney's Office undertakes a number of community outreach activities, including but not limited to:

‘We The People’ Simulated Congressional Hearings

Towards the end of every school year, Howard County State’s Attorney Dario J. Broccolino, along with prosecutors and other staff, participate as judges in the Howard County Public School System’s annual elementary school social studies program, “We The People” Simulated Congressional Hearings. The hearings are the capstone for the fifth grade social studies curriculum in which students study American historical, political and constitutional issues. During the mock hearings, students testify, as expert witnesses, to demonstrate their understanding of the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights. Students are judged by a panel comprised of public officials, community representatives, constitutional scholars, parents, and state and local curriculum experts who sit as a congressional committee holding public hearings within each participating school.

Guest Speakers in Our Community

Representatives from the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office are delighted to speak to your school, community association or organization. Please contact our Community Justice/Public Information Office at 410-313-3002 to arrange for a speaker.

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

Every April, the State’s Attorney’s Office, joins with the Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention and the Maryland State Board of Victim Services in the annual observance of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week—a time to honor crime victims and to reflect on our nation’s progress in advancing their rights. In recent years the annual observance featured a memorial service, an open house and reception at the State’s Attorney’s Office and the dedication of a garden dedicated to the victims of crime in Howard County.

Mock Trial Program

Many of our prosecutors volunteer to judge the Maryland State Bar Association's Mock Trial program. This program provides high school students the opportunity to prepare a mock criminal or civil case for trial and compete in the courtroom. The students all receive the same facts and case to prepare and the teams have assigned roles as prosecutor, defense, and witness. Our prosecutors act as jurist deciding the cases presented and then provide constructive feedback to the students at the conclusion of the case.

Choose Civility Alliance Partner

The Howard County State's Attorney's Office is an Alliance Partner of Choose Civility, the community-wide initiative led by the Howard County Library System, to position Howard County, Maryland as a model of civility. Choose Civility works to enhance respect, empathy, consideration and tolerance. Alliance partners work to extend the initiative's reach throughout Howard County to build awareness and commitment.