Lawyers Journal

Mock Trial judges and attorney coaches needed

The Massachusetts Bar Association invites you to volunteer as an attorney coach or judge in the 23rd Annual Statewide High School Mock Trial Tournament. The program places students in a simulated courtroom situation where they assume the roles of lawyers and witnesses in a hypothetical case.

This year’s case deals with sexual harassment in the workplace, specific- ally, the circumstances experienced by a high school senior placed in a work environment as part of an internship offered through the school.

As an attorney coach, you will be matched with a teacher at a school near where you live or work. Your role will be to help the team develop its strategy, teach the students about courtroom decorum and provide an attorney’s perspective on the issues of the case.

Many attorney coaches meet with their teams once or twice in preparation for the season (trials begin in late January), although some take a more active role in the day-to-day coaching of the team.

Attorneys are also needed to volunteer as judges for individual trials. You may volunteer for one trial (a one-and-a-half- to three-hour commitment) or more. You do not need expertise in a specific area of law to be a Mock Trial judge.

Judges are encouraged to attend one of our orientation sessions, to be held at the MBA in Boston on Jan. 8 at 5 p.m., at Bowditch and Dewey in Worcester on Jan. 9 at 5 p.m. and at the MBA in Springfield on Jan. 10 at 5 p.m.

To volunteer, call (617) 338-0570 or
e-mail [e-mail mocktrial].

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