Lawyers e-Journal

Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2007
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Photograph by Chuck Chaney
Audience members packed Faneuil Hall's Great Hall to watch Sharon High School compete against Salem High School in the Mock Trial State Championship last March.

MBA seeks Mock Trial judges and attorney coaches

Volunteers needed for more than 20 schools across the state.

The MBA invites you to volunteer as an attorney coach or judge in the 23rd Annual Statewide High School Mock Trial Tournament. The program places students in a simulated courtroom situation where they assume the roles of lawyers and witnesses in a hypothetical case. 

This year’s case deals with sexual harassment in the workplace, and specifically, the circumstances experienced by a high school senior placed into a work environment as part of an internship offered through the student’s school. 

The following schools are in need of volunteers:

Western Massachusetts
Academy at Charlemont, Charlemont
Frontier Regional High School, South Deerfield
Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter, South Hadley
Ralph C. Mahar Regional School, Orange

Springfield Area
Minnechaug Regional High School, Wilbraham
The Renaissance School, Springfield
Roger L. Putnam Vocational Technical High School, Springfield 

Boston / Brookline
Brighton High School, Brighton
Maimonides School, Brookline
The Newman School, Boston 
Winthrop Senior High School, Winthrop

Southeastern Massachusetts / South Shore / Cape Cod
Archbishop Williams High School, Braintree
Carver High School, Carver
Falmouth High School, Falmouth
Mansfield High School, Mansfield
Thayer Academy, Braintree
Whitman-Hanson Regional High School, Whitman 

Central Massachusetts
Fitchburg High School, Fitchburg 
Shrewsbury Senior High School, Shrewsbury

Middlesex / Essex County
Ashland High School, Ashland
Dracut High School, Dracut
Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School, Devens
Methuen High School, Methuen
St. John's Preparatory, Danvers
Wilmington High School, Wilmington

Attorney coaches

As an attorney coach, you will be matched with a teacher at a school near where you live or work.  Your role will be to help the team develop its strategy, teach the students about courtroom decorum and provide an attorney’s perspective on the issues of the case. Many attorney coaches meet with their teams once or twice, in preparation for the season (trials begin in late January), although some choose to take a more active role in the day-to-day coaching of the team.

Attorney judges

Attorneys are also needed to volunteer as judges for individual trials. You may volunteer for one trial (a 1.5 to 3 hour commitment) or more. You do not need expertise in a specific area of law to be a Mock Trial judge. Judges are encouraged to attend one of our upcoming judge’s orientation sessions:

Tuesday, Jan. 8, 5 p.m.
MBA, Boston

Wednesday, Jan. 9, 5 p.m.
Bowditch and Dewey, Worcester

Thursday, Jan. 10, 5 p.m.
MBA, Springfield

If you are interested in volunteering your time as a judge or an attorney coach, call (617) 338-0570 or [e-mail mocktrial].

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