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Volunteers sought for Mock Trial championship

In preparing to host the 2014 National Mock Trial Championship, the State Bar of Wisconsin is seeking volunteers to judge several 2013 Mock Trial Program competitions.

The national event will require the help of nearly 1,000 mock trial judges, but without some experience, judges may not qualify for the national competition, said State Bar of Wisconsin National Mock Trial Committee Chair Kevin Lonergan.

2013 volunteer dates include:

Volunteer shifts are from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or from 1 to 6 p.m.

The Mock Trial Program teaches high school students about the law and the legal system while they participate in a simulated trial. Each school year, hundreds of high school students participate in the State Bar's Mock Trial program. Acting as lawyers and witnesses on both sides of a fictional case, students compete against each other in regional competitions throughout the state in February.

The winners of the semi-finals then compete before the Wisconsin Supreme Court in March. Teams are scored on their knowledge of the rules of evidence, the quality of their direct and cross examinations, and opening and closing statements.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Marsha Varvil-Weld, State Bar Public Education Coordinator at (608) 250-6191 or e-mail mvarvil-weld@wisbar.org.

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