Letter from the Mock Trial Committee Chair
Hale Yazicioglu Lake, Esquire, MBA Mock Trial Committee Chair 2017-2018
Thank you for your interest and participation in the Massachusetts Bar Association’s 2018 High School Mock Trial Program! The Mock Trial Program is designed to place high school students in a simulated courtroom to assume the roles of lawyers and witnesses in a hypothetical case, and to learn about our legal system and advocacy with hands-on experience. While the program is truly a competition between the more than 130 schools that participate each year, the tournament is only one aspect of the program.
High school students are often terrified to be called on, to stand apart from their peers and to be the focus of attention in a room full of strangers. The program helps students develop the valuable communication, analytical and presentation skills that they will need in the future – regardless of the profession, vocation or career path they choose. Above all, the program strives to give each high school student confidence to tackle new challenges and empower them to use their voice.
We owe a great deal of gratitude to the many teachers, attorneys, judges, donors and others who contribute countless volunteer hours and financial support to ensure that this program continues to thrive, and that the more than 1,000 students who participate have a rewarding and positive experience. The program and tournament also would not be possible without the creativity, support and dedication of the members of the Mock Trial Committee, who develop the hypothetical case every year. Additionally, special thanks and appreciation go to the staff members at the Massachusetts Bar Association, who oversee every aspect of this program and the tournament. Their hard work behind the scenes allows the program to function seamlessly and make all of this appear easy!
The preliminary rounds of the tournament begin in January 2018, and will culminate in the State Finals on Friday, March 23, 2018. The winning team from Massachusetts will represent the commonwealth at the National High School Mock Trial Championship in Reno, Nevada, in May 2018.
On behalf of the entire Mock Trial Committee and the staff at the Massachusetts Bar Association, thank you for your participation. We look forward to working closely with you throughout the course of this year’s competition and tournament. We wish the best of luck and learning to the teams in this year’s tournament, as each student advances his/her skills, develops new friendships and experiences our legal system firsthand.
Hale Yazicioglu Lake
Chair, Mock Trial Committee