Volunteer judges sought for IUPUI mock trial competition

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Members of the Indiana legal community are encouraged to serve as judges for the Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis Mock Trial Team invitational next month.

IUPUI’s mock trial team will host its in-person invitational over the weekend of Nov. 13-14 at the City-County Building in downtown Indianapolis.

“This tournament depends on local judges, attorneys, and law students to make the program a successful growth opportunity for undergraduate students,” Sydney Kadinger, a 3L at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of law and mock trial team assistant coach, wrote in an email to IL.

The highlighted case is State of Midlands v. Dakota Sutcliffe. In the case, the state of Midlands has indicted Dakota Sutcliffe on one count of aggravated arson for the burning of Chuggie’s Bar and the death of a local firefighter, Jaylen Williams.

Each day there will be one morning and one afternoon round.

Saturday’s morning round will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and its afternoon round from 2-5:30 p.m. Sunday’s morning round will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon and its afternoon round from 1:30-5 p.m.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided on both days.

Volunteer judges do not have to volunteer for every round, nor for both days. The minimum number of judges currently needed for each day is as follows:

  • Saturday morning: 14 judges
  • Saturday afternoon: 10 judges
  • Sunday morning: 15 judges
  • Sunday afternoon: 14 judges

Those interested in volunteering may sign up here by Oct. 31. Questions may be sent to [email protected]

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