Lawyers e-Journal

Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012
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From left to right: Joseph F. Ryan, chief executive officer, Brown Rudnick LLP; MBA President Robert L. Holloway Jr.; Albert W. Wallis, executive director of the Brown Rudnick Center for the Public Interest. Photo courtesy of Brown Rudnick LLP.

Brown Rudnick gives $25,000 to 2013 MBA Mock Trial Program

Brown Rudnick LLP, through its Center for the Public Interest, has given $25,000 to the Massachusetts Bar Association's 2013 Statewide High School Mock Trial Program. Brown Rudnick has been the lead financial underwriter since 1998 and has contributed more than $400,000 to the program, in its 28th year.

"We are indebted to Brown Rudnick for its unwavering support of the MBA's successful Mock Trial Program," MBA President Robert L. Holloway Jr. said. "This critical program educates young people across the Bay State about the intricacies of the court system while broadening their leadership skills."

First organized in 1985, the tournament places high school students in a simulated courtroom to assume the roles of lawyers and witnesses in a hypothetical case. In this year's criminal case, the prosecution alleges the defendant poisoned and killed his great-aunt by tampering with her medication. The defense claims the great-aunt either died of a natural heart attack or was murdered by either her live-in caretaker or another relative upset about her reduction of their inheritance.

"Mock trial, at its core, is about teaching in real time how to have civil discourse and reasoned debate. Although the MBA statewide high school mock trial program is in its 28th year, and Brown Rudnick's sponsorship is in its second decade, these lessons could hardly be more relevant or important in today's American society," said Al Wallis, executive director of Brown Rudnick's Center for the Public Interest. "Brown Rudnick is proud to continue to play a part in developing these abilities in today's high school students through our support for the MBA's Mock Trial Program."

At least 1,500 students at 135 schools across the commonwealth are expected to participate in the 2013 Mock Trial Program. More than 100 lawyers across the state will serve as volunteer coaches and judges.

Last year, Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School in South Hadley won the state championship, its second in a row, and went on to compete in the national tournament.

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