The State Bar of Wisconsin National Mock Trial planning team is calling on attorneys, judges and experienced teachers and coaches from around the state to step up to the bench and volunteer to serve on a judging panel during the 2014 National High School Mock Trial Championship on May 9 and 10 in Madison.
Rhinelander High School captured its 17th high school mock trial state title yesterday after defeating Shorewood High School in a very close final round judged by six members of the Wisconsin Supreme Court. The team will now advance to the National High School Mock Trial Tournament, May 8-10 in Madison.
Want to refine your courtroom skills and delivery? Looking at procedure and performance from a different perspective, like that of a judge, can be very helpful, and the State Bar of Wisconsin has a perfect opportunity to do just that. You can take the bench while volunteering as a judge at the National High School Mock Trial Championship in Madison from May 8 to 10.
Dec. 4, 2013 – Law firms, corporate legal departments, and government agencies can provide summer employment and valuable legal experience to first-year law students of diverse backgrounds by participating in the 2014 State Bar Diversity Clerkship Program. Employers can enroll through Jan. 22.
Winter in Wisconsin typically means one thing to its residents: snow – and lots of it. But to high school mock trial teams, it means that it’s time to begin developing arguments and pouring over a true-to-life court case in an effort to prepare for the regional high school mock trial competition, which is just a few, cold months away.
After a strong start, the State Bar of Wisconsin's fundraising thermometer for the 2014 National Mock Trial Championship rests at $83,000, which is less than 50 percent of the necessary $200,000. Despite the stagnant funds, Wisconsin's National Mock Trial Executive Committee remains hopeful that they will reach their goal.
June 19, 2013 – The National Mock Trial Championship is coming to Madison in May 2014. In this video, longtime Mock Trial Attorney Coach and National Mock Trial Executive Committee Chair Kevin Lonergan weighs in on the importance of the competition and how members can show their support.
Nov. 7, 2012 – "Wisconsin hasn't hosted the National Mock Trial Championship since 1992," said State Bar of Wisconsin National Mock Trial Committee Chair Kevin Lonergan. "It's an honor as well as a massive undertaking, and we will need close to 1,000 experienced mock trial judges, all in the space of three days in May. Experience is the key word in the national rules. If you have never volunteered or haven't in several years for the state program, you might not be able to participate in nationals in 2014"
Nov. 7, 2012 – "Wisconsin hasn't hosted the National Mock Trial Championship since 1992," said State Bar of Wisconsin National Mock Trial Committee Chair Kevin Lonergan. "It's an honor as well as a massive undertaking, and we will need close to 1,000 experienced mock trial judges, all in the space of three days in May. Experience is the key word in the national rules. If you have never volunteered or haven't in several years for the state program, you might not be able to participate in nationals
Oct. 3, 2012 – Forty years ago, Congress passed Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Title IX's impact has been felt most prominently in the sports world. In this article, MU law professor Paul Anderson explains the unresolved legal issues related to Title IX.
Oct. 3, 2012 – Wisconsin will join four other states that let graduates of foreign law schools sit for a bar exam after completing a qualifying LL.M. program in the U.S. Those foreign graduates without an LL.M. can still take the bar exam only if specific requirements are met. This article explains the details.
July 5, 2012 – Act 125, which goes into effect at the start of the 2012-13 school year, requires public and charter schools to undertake significant staff training related to understanding when and how to use seclusion and physical restraint with students. In this article, Mary Gerbig advises how to prepare for the impact of this new law.
July 5, 2012 – The Wisconsin Law Foundation (WLF) recently awarded $24,080 in grants to law-related programs in Wisconsin. Grants include educating the public on health care reform, providing estate planning services to Native Americans, smoothing the way through bankruptcy issues for pro se litigants, helping Spanish-speaking residents understand family court issues, expanding teen court programs, and supporting the State Bar-sponsored Mock Trial Program and the translation of a popular publicati