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Lessons in law fill the week

The theme for Law Week this year is "Celebrate Your Freedom." The celebration begins at noon today on the steps of the Old Citrus County Courthouse.

The Rev. Leroy Bellamy, Citrus County Chronicle publisher Gerry Mulligan and Citrus Times editor Greg Hamilton will speak on four themes: freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from fear and freedom from want.

This evening, local lawyers John Nelson and Jack Moring will appear on Chronicle reporter Mike Wright's weekly radio show Live Mike on WXOF-FM 97.1 Country Fox.

Tuesday, Adelphia Cable will broadcast a live call-in program with lawyers. Johnnye Friedrich and Glen Abbott will appear from 7 to 7:30 p.m., and Mike Smith and Richard "Spike" Fitzpatrick will appear from 7:30 to 8 p.m.

The newest addition to Law Week is the People's Law Academy, from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday on the third floor of the Citrus County Courthouse.

The first session, from 7 to 7:45 p.m., will have lectures on probate, wills and trusts by Michael Mountjoy in Courtroom A, on family law by Curtis Neal and Friedrich in Courtroom B, and on landlord and tenant relations by Bruce Carney in Courtroom C.

The second session is scheduled from 8 to 8:45 p.m. Tom Slaymaker will lecture on power of attorney, guardianship and other legal documents in Courtroom A; Leon Boyajan and Richard Gish will discuss bankruptcy law in Courtroom B; and Paul Militello and Wes Bradshaw will focus on criminal law in Courtroom C.

Mock student trials using a civil case instead of a criminal one will be held in local high schools Thursday. Student jurors and witnesses will be asked to take part in a case to decide liability in a car accident. Each school will essentially see the same case.

Stephen H. Grimes, who retired as a justice from the Florida Supreme Court in November, will deliver the keynote address at the Law Day luncheon at noon Friday at Andre's of Citrus Hills restaurant.

There, Florida Bar scholarships will be awarded to local students, and the local Guardian Ad Litem program will be honored.