Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010
2010 MBA Mock Trial Finals.
Call for Mock Trial coach or judge volunteers
The Massachusetts Bar Association is now in the midst of its
Mock Trial 2011 Tournament. Every year, members of the MBA serve as
coaches and judges for the Mock Trial Program, while thousands of
high school students across Massachusetts participate. Students
prepare a hypothetical case and then test their skills as lawyers
and witnesses in a simulated courtroom competition. At this time in
the season, we are currently looking to recruit lawyers who may be
interested in assisting high school teams throughout the state who
are still looking for attorney-coaches.
Here is a brief description of this year's case:
"Inspired by the MBA's celebration of its past, this year's
Mock Trial Committee has adapted and updated one of the most
successful cases in the program's history. First used in 1998, the
case arises out of a fatal car accident at a dangerous intersection
that was missing a stop sign. The defendant is accused of removing
the stop sign from the intersection as part of a high school prank,
and faces criminal charges for causing the accident and deaths. The
case explores the far-reaching ramifications of seemingly innocuous
behavior, serving as a reminder of the full extent of criminal
The following schools are still in need of an attorney-coach:
- Bridgewater-Raynham High School, Bridgewate; and
- Lee Middle and High School, Lee.
If either of these schools sound like a location you would like
to volunteer for, we will contact the school and provide them with
your information. The time-commitment is based on both your
schedules and the teachers, but the trials begin at the end of
January and run through the end of March, depending on the success
of the individual teams. The schools may need you any time between
now and the end of the season to help prepare for upcoming
If you are unable to volunteer as an attorney-coach for Mock
Trial, we are also recruiting attorneys to act as judges during the
tournament. The yearly Judges' Orientation will take place during
the second week of January.
Interested in participating
as an attorney-coach or a judge? Contact Mock Trial Central at
(617) 338-0570 or via e-mail.