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Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009
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Get involved in Mock Trial

Volunteer as an attorney coach or judge in the 2010 Statewide High School Mock Trial Tournament

The MBA invites you to volunteer as an attorney coach or judge in the 2010 Statewide High School Mock Trial Tournament. The MBA is particularly pleased to be celebrating the 25th year of the program this year. It is truly a testament to the dedication of the many lawyers and teachers who volunteer their time that this program continues to thrive.

Open to all public and private high school students in Massachusetts, the Mock Trial Program is a rich curriculum that promotes the development of fundamental knowledge, sound judgment and critical thinking skills. In Mock Trial, students are placed in a simulated courtroom situation where they assume the roles of lawyers and witnesses in a hypothetical case.

As an attorney coach, you will be matched with a teacher coach at a nearby school and will serve as the team's legal advisor. Some attorney coaches attend two to three team meetings throughout the year, to assist the team in developing their basic strategy and courtroom techniques, while others play a more active role in the team - accompanying them to each trial. While the actual time commitment varies from team to team, most teams will begin working with their attorney coach when the case is released in early November of 2009. We are currently seeking volunteers to assist schools in the following towns:

  • Andover
  • Ashburnham
  • Boston
  • Braintree
  • Cambridge
  • Dorchester
  • Dracut
  • Holliston
  • Lawrence
  • Malden
  • North Chelmsford
  • Orange
  • Springfield
  • Tewksbury
  • Wellesley
  • Wilbraham

As a Mock Trial judge, you will attend an orientation session in early January 2010 and will be scheduled to preside over one or more trials in a courtroom near your home or office. Judges are especially needed during the preliminary rounds of the competition which run from late January until mid-February. Each trial lasts approximately 2.5-3 hours. You may volunteer to judge as little as one trial, although many judges prefer to judge more.

For more information, contact Mock Trial Central at (617) 338-0570 or [e-mail mocktrial]

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