Lawyers e-Journal

Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012
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Teams compete at the 2011 Mock Trial Championships.

Volunteer as an MBA Mock Trial Judge

The MBA Mock Trial Program is in the midst of finalizing over 190 scheduled trials throughout the commonwealth. Every year, MBA members serve as Mock Trial Program judges, while thousands of high school students across Massachusetts prepare for the tournament. Students are given a hypothetical case that tests their skills as lawyers and witnesses in a simulated courtroom competition. We are currently looking to recruit lawyers who may be interested in acting as a judge for the various trials scheduled throughout the state.  

Below is a brief description of this year's case:

This year's case explores the division of legal responsibility when addressing a pervasive social problem, one that is familiar to most, if not all, high school students-bullying. The issue at the heart of the civil claim, to be tried by the participating students, is what level of responsibility do teachers bear in identifying and preventing bullying among students. This is a topic that is prevalent in the media and one that illustrates the challenging intersection between law and social policy.

If you are interested in volunteering as a judge for one or more trials, below is a list of preliminary week trials in need of judges.

  • Fall River District Court, Jan. 24
  • Falmouth District Court, Jan. 26
  • Holliston Town Hall, Jan. 24
  • Leominster District Court, Jan. 24 and Jan. 25
  • Northampton District Court, Jan. 25
  • Northampton Superior Court, Jan. 24 and Jan. 25
  • Palmer District Court, Jan. 23
  • Somerville District Court, Jan. 26
  • Sturgis Library, Barnstable, Jan. 23
  • Westfield District Court, Jan. 24

If you are interested in signing up for a trial, or would like to inquire about other open trials, contact Mock Trial Central at
(617) 338-0570 or via e-mail.

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