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Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012
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Volunteer as an attorney coach or judge during the 2013 MBA Mock Trial season

As the Mock Trial Program enters its 28th year, we hope you will volunteer as an attorney-coach or a judge during the 2013 season. The goal of the program is to further an understanding of the law, court procedures and our legal system while helping students hone their analytical, listening and speaking skills. The program also seeks to promote better communication and cooperation between the school community and the legal profession.

Using a hypothetical case developed by the MBA's Mock Trial Committee, students begin preparing for their three preliminary round trials as early as November. This year's case is an old-fashioned murder mystery. The victim, a wealthy widow with no children of her own, dies from a heart attack shortly after informing her heirs that she is giving half of her estate to a charity, and her live-in caregiver will receive a remaining equal share with the grandnieces and grandnephews. The prosecution asserts that the defendant, one of her grandnephews, poisoned her by tampering with her medication to cause the heart attack. The defense asserts that the heart attack was natural, or that if it wasn't, she was murdered by her live-in caretaker or another relative who was upset by the significant reduction in his share of the estate. Can the prosecution prove the charge beyond a reasonable doubt, or will the defense be able to poke enough holes to prevent the case from being proven to a moral certainty?

This year, the program has a record number of high schools participating this year.  With this increase of new high school registrants, there is a need for additional attorney-coaches to assist the teams. 

The following schools are still in need of an attorney-coach:

  • Arlington High School, Arlington
  • Bartlett Jr Sr High School, Webster
  • Bellingham High School, Bellingham
  • Boston Collegiate Charter School, Dorchester
  • Bromfield School, Harvard
  • Brookline High School, Brookline
  • Foxborough Regional Charter School, Foxboro
  • Four Rivers Charter Public School, Greenfield
  • Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School, Devens
  • Jeremiah E. Burke High School, Boston
  • Lee Middle and High School, Lee
  • Lexington High School, Lexington
  • Lynn Vocational & Technical Institute, Lynn
  • Narragansett Regional High School, Baldwinville
  • Needham High School, Needham

If you would like to volunteer as an attorney-coach for any of the above listed schools, 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 your assistance any time between now and the end of the season to help prepare for upcoming trials.

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 Judge's Orientation is scheduled on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the MBA, 20 West St., Boston.

If you are interested in participating as an attorney-coach or a judge, please contact Mock Trial Central at (617) 338-0570 or mocktrial.
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