ILNews

Volunteer judges needed for high school mock trial competitions

Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share

The Indiana Mock Trial program is putting out the call for volunteer judges to help with this year’s regional and state competitions as well as the national championship which will be held in Indianapolis in May.

Attorneys who volunteer for the regional and/or state competitions will have the opportunity to obtain up to 6 free CLE credits.

For the 2013 National High School Mock Trial Championship alone, the association is estimating it will need to fill about 400 volunteer judges’ positions. Members of the legal community available to judge the national competition are encouraged to get a little practice by first judging at the regional or state level.

Regional competition of Indiana high school teams starts in February with the state competition following in March. The national championship will bring teams including over 500 high school students and an additional 1,500 spectators from across the country to Indiana.

The schedule of competitions is as follows:
Indianapolis Regional, Feb. 9
Hammond Regional, Feb. 9
South Bend Regional, Feb. 16
Indiana State Competition, March 2 and 3
2013 National High School Mock Trial Championship May 9 to 11

The mock trial competition requires teams of high school students to prepare a fictitious case and present it to a judge. The students refine their public speaking and critical thinking skills and develop poise and confidence while competing in an activity that emphasizes teamwork and citizenship.

Volunteer judges at the regional and/or state competitions can obtain free CLE credits by attending a one-hour seminar related to the substantive issues in the mock trial case. Judge Robert L. Miller Jr., of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, and Susan Roberts, of Stuart & Branigin LLP, will present the seminar focusing on evidentiary issues raised in the 2012-2013 high school mock trial competition at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 24 at WNIT studios, 300 W. Jefferson Blvd., South Bend. A video of the seminar will be made available to any local bar association wanting to replay it for its members.

To volunteer for regional and state competitions, visit the Indiana Mock Trial website and click on the “Competition” tab, then follow the instructions on the volunteer judge form. To volunteer for the 2013 national championship, go to same website and click on the “2013 National” tab, then select the online registration system. Additional details will follow regarding case materials and competition rules.

In addition to volunteers, the National High School Mock Trial Championship organizing committee is seeking contributions to support Indiana’s hosting of the national championship. Much of the funding for the competition comes from law firms, businesses and institutions that value these important civic and leadership programs. Visit the 2013 National page on the Indiana Mock Trial website and select the partners and sponsors link to view a current partner and sponsor list.

Contributions can be made to the Indiana Bar Foundation with a notation that the donations is specifically for the 2013 NHSMTC tournament or by visiting www.inbf.org/in_mock_trial_2013.
 




 

ADVERTISEMENT

Post a comment to this story

COMMENTS POLICY
We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
 
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
 
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in Indiana Lawyer editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
 
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
 
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.
 

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by
ADVERTISEMENT
Subscribe to Indiana Lawyer
  1. Indianapolis employers harassment among minorities AFRICAN Americans needs to be discussed the metro Indianapolis area is horrible when it comes to harassing African American employees especially in the local healthcare facilities. Racially profiling in the workplace is an major issue. Please make it better because I'm many civil rights leaders would come here and justify that Indiana is a state the WORKS only applies to Caucasian Americans especially in Hamilton county. Indiana targets African Americans in the workplace so when governor pence is trying to convince people to vote for him this would be awesome publicity for the Presidency Elections.

  2. Wishing Mary Willis only God's best, and superhuman strength, as she attempts to right a ship that too often strays far off course. May she never suffer this personal affect, as some do who attempt to change a broken system: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QojajMsd2nE

  3. Indiana's seatbelt law is not punishable as a crime. It is an infraction. Apparently some of our Circuit judges have deemed settled law inapplicable if it fails to fit their litmus test of political correctness. Extrapolating to redefine terms of behavior in a violation of immigration law to the entire body of criminal law leaves a smorgasbord of opportunity for judicial mischief.

  4. I wonder if $10 diversions for failure to wear seat belts are considered moral turpitude in federal immigration law like they are under Indiana law? Anyone know?

  5. What a fine article, thank you! I can testify firsthand and by detailed legal reports (at end of this note) as to the dire consequences of rejecting this truth from the fine article above: "The inclusion and expansion of this right [to jury] in Indiana’s Constitution is a clear reflection of our state’s intention to emphasize the importance of every Hoosier’s right to make their case in front of a jury of their peers." Over $20? Every Hoosier? Well then how about when your very vocation is on the line? How about instead of a jury of peers, one faces a bevy of political appointees, mini-czars, who care less about due process of the law than the real czars did? Instead of trial by jury, trial by ideological ordeal run by Orwellian agents? Well that is built into more than a few administrative law committees of the Ind S.Ct., and it is now being weaponized, as is revealed in articles posted at this ezine, to root out post moderns heresies like refusal to stand and pledge allegiance to all things politically correct. My career was burned at the stake for not so saluting, but I think I was just one of the early logs. Due, at least in part, to the removal of the jury from bar admission and bar discipline cases, many more fires will soon be lit. Perhaps one awaits you, dear heretic? Oh, at that Ind. article 12 plank about a remedy at law for every damage done ... ah, well, the founders evidently meant only for those damages done not by the government itself, rabid statists that they were. (Yes, that was sarcasm.) My written reports available here: Denied petition for cert (this time around): http://tinyurl.com/zdmawmw Denied petition for cert (from the 2009 denial and five year banishment): http://tinyurl.com/zcypybh Related, not written by me: Amicus brief: http://tinyurl.com/hvh7qgp

ADVERTISEMENT