Lawyers e-Journal

Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013
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Photograph by Elizabeth O'Neil
The 2013 MBA Mock Trial High School Competition Judges' Orientation was held Thursday, Jan. 3. Mock Trial Committee presenters included (from left to right): Mary E. Bassett, Esq., Concord; John O. Postl, Boston; and Richard J. Coffey, Lowell.

Volunteer as a 2013 MBA Mock Trial judge

As the MBA's High School Mock Trial Program enters its 28th year, we hope you will consider volunteering as 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.

The case this year is a good 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. 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?

If you are interested in volunteering to judge a trial, please see the below list of openings:

  • Bellingham Public Library

    Friday, Jan. 25, 2 p.m.

  • East Brookfield District Court

    Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2 p.m.

  • Holliston Town Hall

    Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2 p.m.

  • Leominster District Court

    Tuesday, Jan. 29, 1:30 p.m.

  • Marlborough District Court

    Friday, Jan. 25, 1:30 p.m.

  • Northampton Superior Court

    Friday, Jan. 25, 2 p.m.

If you are interested in signing up for any listed trials, you can NOW sign-up for trials online.

If you know of any attorney colleagues who might be interested in participating, please have them contact us at (617) 338-0570 or [e-mail mocktrial].


The Mock Trial Program is administered by the MBA, and made possible by the international law firm of Brown Rudnick LLP through its Center for the Public Interest in Boston, which has contributed $25,000 per year to the program since 1998.

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