Volunteer Opportunities for the 2020 California Mock Trial Finals
The legal community is vital to the success of the program and provides students with a chance to interact with positive role models, as well as an opportunity to learn from experts in the law. We hope that you can help make Mock Trial possible for the young people of California!
California Mock Trial Finals 2020 Cancelled
Thank you for your patience over these past couple of weeks. We have been closely monitoring all of the government agencies’ guidance concerning the prevention of the spread of Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) and safety precautions and have made the very difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Mock Trial State Finals scheduled for March 20-22. The health and safety of the students, coaches, volunteers, and families is our top priority. Coordinators, coaches, and volunteers have been notified.
Questions? Contact Sean-Michael Ramirez at firstname.lastname@example.org or (213) 316-2109.
Attorney volunteers score the Mock Trial competition. Scorers (two or more), sit in the jury box while the student teams present their case to a judge or commissioner. They are given a set of criteria for rating the teams numerically. The criteria include the quality of the students' presentations, their grasp of the law and court procedures, and their understanding of the case itself. Time commitment is approximately two hours per trial, and you may score as many trials as you choose.
Judges and commissioners, we welcome your expertise to preside over a Mock Trial. Time commitment is approximately two hours per trial, and you may preside over as many trials as you choose. Volunteering as a presider is a great way to educate junior and senior high school students about our courts and legal system.
Judges, commissioners, and attorneys - Coaching a team requires a greater commitment of time, however, most coaches report a deep sense of fulfillment as a result of their effort. At least one coach is assigned to work with each participating Mock Trial Team to advise the students on general trial techniques and procedures, as well as specific strategies for presenting the case. In Los Angeles, volunteering as a coach requires meeting with a team at least once per week, beginning in early-October and continuing for as long as the team stays in the competition, generally concluding in late November.
Please take a moment to share with us your volunteer story.