June 10, 2013 - Attorneys, parents, teachers and teens from throughout Wisconsin are teaming up to prepare for National Mock Trial, a massive event that is taking place in Madison in May 2014. With the clock ticking and funds to be raised, Wisconsin’s National Mock Trial Fundraising Committee is launching a major donor campaign to support their efforts.
Hosting National Mock Trial is a major undertaking, requiring hundreds of hours of volunteer time and the funds necessary to make everything run smoothly for participants, who in recent years have hailed from 46 states, Guam, the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, and South Korea.
To aid in fundraising efforts, Wisconsin’s National Mock Trial Fundraising Committee launched a new website at www.wisbar.org/nationalmocktrial2014.The committee chairs, State Bar Past President Jim Boll and Attorney Rory Hemp Boll, are also launching an outreach program that will include booths at events sponsored by PINNACLE©, the leading provider of continuing legal education in Wisconsin. The Bolls, a husband/wife team, are personally reaching out to lawyers, law firms of all sizes, and anyone who has participated in National Mock Trial.
Andrea Gage is public relations coordinator with the State Bar of Wisconsin. She can be reached at org agage wisbar wisbar agage org, or by phone at (608) 250-6025.
“We hope that the individuals who have competed in the tournament, those who have been involved in it, and those who have coached in it, will also be willing to contribute so we can reach our goal,” said Attorney Jim Boll, a past president of the State Bar of Wisconsin.
Committee chairs are also encouraging businesses and individuals throughout the state to provide financial support for the event. Organizers say the National Mock Trial experience has a lasting impact on teens.
“I’ve been an attorney coach for Xavier High School in Appleton for 13 years. I can tell you that I have had students come up to me and say this is the most important thing I’ve ever done in my life,” said National Mock Trial Executive Committee Chair Kevin Lonergan. “Hosting the Nationals is a great opportunity for the state of Wisconsin. We’re going to showcase our state; we’re going to showcase the State Bar of Wisconsin. We’re going to show them what we’re about here!”
Watch interviews about National Mock Trial fundraising efforts and volunteer opportunities.
Those who wish to make a tax-deductible donation can make a check out to The Wisconsin Law Foundation/National Mock Trial Fund, and mail it to the Wisconsin Law Foundation/National Mock Trial Fund at 5302 Eastpark Boulevard, Madison, WI 53707.