Vol. 81, No. 2, February
Volunteer Options; Get Involved in Mock Trial
The annual Mock Trial Tournament is run with assistance from hundreds
volunteer lawyers, judges, and coordinators in communities statewide.
commitment for volunteer opportunities ranges from a half day to several
to a few minutes to pledge monetary support.
Attorney coaches. Coaching can begin as early as
September and end in
early spring. Students work with their teachers and volunteer attorney
to research, study, and prepare a hypothetical courtroom trial. Case
materials, prepared by the State Bar of Wisconsin's Law-related
involve issues that are interesting and important to young people.
Teams comprise three witnesses and three attorneys on each side
the case. Teams may have as many as 12 students; however, only six
may participate in any given trial. Working with their coaches, the
use the case problem provided for the competition - a statement of
legal authorities and rules, affidavits and/or exhibits to help prepare
opening statements, and to formulate direct and cross-examinations and
Judges. Hundreds of attorneys and judges are needed in
Madison for a
half-day or full-day commitment during one weekend in February to judge
regional tournament and one Sunday in March to judge the state
state competition culminates with two teams presenting before the
Supreme Court, and the winning team advances to the national competition
The cases are presented before panels of judges and attorneys
evaluate the teams on their demonstrated knowledge and presentation
than on the legal merits of the issue at hand. During mock trial rounds,
volunteer lawyers and judges evaluate the teams based on the students'
with the case and formulation of their arguments.
Volunteers are still needed for the March 16 state
competition. Volunteers are needed in Madison on Sunday, March 16,
to judge the state
tournament. Volunteer lawyers and judges will evaluate the teams based
students' familiarity with the case and formulation of their arguments.
top two teams will advance to compete before the Wisconsin Supreme Court
Monday, March 17.
To volunteer, please contact State Bar LRE Coordinator Dee
(800) 444-9404, ext. 6191, or (608) 250-6191.