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    The Wisconsin High School Mock Trial Program has brought our legal system to life for thousands of students since 1983. Attorney volunteers are needed on Saturday, Feb. 11 statewide, Sunday, March 11 in Madison, and right way for Boscobel High School and Eastbrook Academy in Milwaukee.
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    Attorney coaches are needed for Boscobel High School and Eastbrook Academy in Milwaukee. Both teams have teacher coaches. They need lawyer expertise.

    Regional tournaments – Saturday, Feb. 11, county courthouses statewide

    State semifinal tournament – Sunday, March 11, Madison.

    Volunteer shifts for the regionals and semifinal tournaments are from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or from 1 to 6 p.m.

    Dec. 7, 2011 – Since its inception in 1983, the Wisconsin High School Mock Trial Program has brought our legal system to life for thousands of students. Using facts and case materials developed by State Bar of Wisconsin members, students gain a deeper understanding of the judicial process as they develop their arguments and present their cases.

    The teams, which compete at the regional, state, and national levels, follow the rules and structure of a typical court trial. They argue the case before three-person panels of judges, composed of volunteer attorneys and judges, at the regional and state semi-final levels in February and March. The state finals will be judged by Wisconsin Supreme Court justices on March 12 and the winner at that level will represent Wisconsin at the 2012 National High School Mock Trial Championship in Albuquerque, N.M., in May.

    Mock Trial is a well-established program that works because of the ongoing support and participation of hundreds of State Bar members annually.

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    Xavier High School students during cross examination at 2011 Semifinal tournament. Xavier won the state championship the next day before the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

    For more photos of last year’s semifinal tournament, visit the State Bar’s Facebook page.

    This year’s case was written by members of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section and the Young Lawyers Division.

    State Bar members interested in judging at regional or semifinal tournaments can volunteer online, download Mock Trial Volunteer Form, or learn more about volunteering.

    To volunteer as a attorney coach for Boscobel High School or Eastbrook Academy, contact State Bar Public Education Coordinator Marsha Varvil-Weld at (608) 250-6191 or (800) 444-9404, ext. 6191.

    For information about other Public Education opportunities.




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