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Mock Trial Volunteer

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Mock Trial Program Volunteer

For 39 years, Constitutional Rights Foundation (CRF) has engaged thousands of students throughout California in law-related education. CRF’s Mock Trial Program is an academic competition for high school and middle school students. The program was created to help students acquire a working knowledge of our judicial system and gain an understanding of their obligations and responsibilities as participating members of our society. With the help of a teacher and a volunteer attorney coach, students prepare and present the trial. The students play a variety of courtroom characters including trial attorneys, pretrial motion attorneys, witnesses, clerks, and bailiffs.

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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 anticipate a need for over 100 judges and attorneys for this year’s competition.

We hope that you can find time in your busy schedule to volunteer to make this valuable educational opportunity possible for the young people of California!

Sign-Up Today: Online Registration

California Mock Trial Finals Dates

Round 1 - Friday, March 24 at 5:30pm

Round 2 - Saturday, March 25 at 8:30am

Round 3 - Saturday, March 25 at 12:30pm

Round 4 - Saturday, March 25 at 4:30pm

Trials will take place at the Riverside Hall of Justice (4100 Main Street). Please arrive 15 minutes before each trial for a brief orientation and courtroom assignments. We will provide light refreshments to all volunteers.

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Case Materials:

    • Attorney/Judge Handbook
    • Case Packet (Please note the case packet is password protected. Once a volunteer signs-up to participate, they will receive the code to download the case via an email confirmation).

For more information contact Esme Leon at esmeralda@crf-usa.org or (213) 316-2109.

Volunteer Opportunities

Scorers

Scorers are attorney volunteers who 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.

Presiders

If you are a judge or commissioner, 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.

Coaches

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.