Brown Rudnick LLP, through its Center for the Public Interest,
has donated $25,000 to the Massachusetts Bar Association's 2010
Mock Trial Program.
Brown Rudnick has been the lead financial underwriter since 1998
and has contributed more than a quarter million dollars to the
program, now celebrating its 25th anniversary.
"The MBA is honored that Brown Rudnick has decided to once again
continue its generous legacy with our popular Mock Trial Program,"
MBA President Valerie A. Yarashus said. "The program provides high
school students with the unique opportunity of learning about the
law while experiencing it as an advocate."
First organized in 1985, the tournament places high school
students in a simulated courtroom to assume the roles of lawyers
and witnesses in a hypothetical case. This year's civil case
involves an individual who suffers a substantial financial loss
after investing a daughter's college funds with a financial advisor
at a brokerage firm. The case focuses on whether the firm, and/or
the advisor, are responsible for those losses. The case gives
students an opportunity to learn about the importance of
decision-making in the investment of personal funds.
"Brown Rudnick's support has provided continuity and stability
for this important educational civic program," said Al Wallis,
executive director of the Brown Rudnick Center for the Public
Interest. "We are particularly proud to be continuing our support
as the MBA approaches its 100th anniversary, and as the Mock Trial
Program celebrates 25 years."
At least 1,500 students at more than 100 schools across the
commonwealth are expected to participate in the 2010 Mock Trial
Program. More than 100 lawyers across the state will serve as
volunteer coaches and judges.