Stuart & Branigin sponsors National High School Mock Trial event

Kelly Lucas
December 21, 2011
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Lafayette law firm Stuart & Branigin has signed on as the first Silver Sponsor of the 2013 National High School Mock Trial Championship, being held in Indianapolis in May 2013.

NHSMTC organizers hope to raise $350,000 to host the event, and they say this sponsorship from Stuart & Branigin is a step in the right direction.

“Education of high school students in the area of civics has been a common topic in the news in recent years,” said Susan Roberts, chair of the firm’s management committee and a member of the 2013 NHSMTC steering committee. “Students participating in the mock trial competitions learn about the American judicial system while gaining invaluable skills in public speaking and critical thinking.”

Roberts pointed out that at last year’s American Bar Association annual meeting, all lawyers were urged to consider it part of their fundamental duty to ensure that students get a high-quality civic education. “Stuart & Branigin is happy to be a leader, through its financial contribution and commitment to the mock trial program, to make those opportunities a reality,” she added.

Firms or organizations interested in sponsoring the 2013 National High School Mock Trial Championship in Indianapolis are encouraged to visit the Indiana Mock Trial website at for more information. Select the “2013 National” tab. Four sponsorship levels are available including Crystal ($50,000 or above), Gold ($30,000 to $49,999), Silver ($20,000 to $29,999) and Bronze ($10,000 to $19,999).

Those interested in making a donation are encouraged to visit the Indianapolis Bar Foundation website at Organizers say that gifts of all amounts are appreciated and can by made through the IBF site. Donors are asked to note that the gift is for the Indiana High School Mock Trial Program.

Volunteers are also needed to serve as judges, timekeepers and in other capacities for the 2013 mock trial competition. The Indianapolis host committee is recruiting approximately 400 judges and attorney volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, visit and select the “2013 National” tab to learn more.

The 2011 national competition, held in Phoenix, Ariz., included teams from 48 states and territories, South Korea and Australia. Indiana’s representative team from South Bend’s John Adams High School won the 2011 national championship. The 2012 competition will be held in Albuquerque, N.M.

For more information, contact 2013 NHSMTC host committee chair Ann Marie Waldron at or 317-587-7820.•


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  1. If a class action suit or other manner of retribution is possible, count me in. I have email and voicemail from the man. He colluded with opposing counsel, I am certain. My case was damaged so severely it nearly lost me everything and I am still paying dearly.

  2. There's probably a lot of blame that can be cast around for Indiana Tech's abysmal bar passage rate this last February. The folks who decided that Indiana, a state with roughly 16,000 to 18,000 attorneys, needs a fifth law school need to question the motives that drove their support of this project. Others, who have been "strong supporters" of the law school, should likewise ask themselves why they believe this institution should be supported. Is it because it fills some real need in the state? Or is it, instead, nothing more than a resume builder for those who teach there part-time? And others who make excuses for the students' poor performance, especially those who offer nothing more than conspiracy theories to back up their claims--who are they helping? What evidence do they have to support their posturing? Ultimately, though, like most everything in life, whether one succeeds or fails is entirely within one's own hands. At least one student from Indiana Tech proved this when he/she took and passed the February bar. A second Indiana Tech student proved this when they took the bar in another state and passed. As for the remaining 9 who took the bar and didn't pass (apparently, one of the students successfully appealed his/her original score), it's now up to them (and nobody else) to ensure that they pass on their second attempt. These folks should feel no shame; many currently successful practicing attorneys failed the bar exam on their first try. These same attorneys picked themselves up, dusted themselves off, and got back to the rigorous study needed to ensure they would pass on their second go 'round. This is what the Indiana Tech students who didn't pass the first time need to do. Of course, none of this answers such questions as whether Indiana Tech should be accredited by the ABA, whether the school should keep its doors open, or, most importantly, whether it should have even opened its doors in the first place. Those who promoted the idea of a fifth law school in Indiana need to do a lot of soul-searching regarding their decisions. These same people should never be allowed, again, to have a say about the future of legal education in this state or anywhere else. Indiana already has four law schools. That's probably one more than it really needs. But it's more than enough.

  3. This man Steve Hubbard goes on any online post or forum he can find and tries to push his company. He said court reporters would be obsolete a few years ago, yet here we are. How does he have time to search out every single post about court reporters and even spy in private court reporting forums if his company is so successful???? Dude, get a life. And back to what this post was about, I agree that some national firms cause a huge problem.

  4. rensselaer imdiana is doing same thing to children from the judge to attorney and dfs staff they need to be investigated as well

  5. Sex offenders are victims twice, once when they are molested as kids, and again when they repeat the behavior, you never see money spent on helping them do you. That's why this circle continues