Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012
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
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
- Fall River District Court, Jan.
- Falmouth District Court, Jan.
- Holliston Town Hall, Jan.
- Leominster District Court, Jan. 24 and
- Northampton District Court, Jan.
- Northampton Superior Court, Jan. 24 and
- Palmer District Court, Jan. 23
- Somerville District Court, Jan.
- Sturgis Library, Barnstable, Jan.
- Westfield District Court, Jan.
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.