Volunteer for the 2017 Douglas County Regional High School Mock Trial Tournament February 10-11, 2017
Dear Douglas – Elbert Bar Association Members,
It is time again to prepare for the Mock Trial Competition sponsored by DEBA each year. Attached is the sign-up sheet for volunteers. Mock Trial is scheduled for February 10-11, 2017 at the Douglas County Courthouse in Castle Rock, Colorado.
From personal experience I can share that volunteering is a really rewarding experience as the students who compete are dedicated and excited about their cases and the competition.
We need your help as the Regional Competition relies solely on its attorney, judicial, paralegal and community volunteers, without whom, it will not be an successful experience for our high school competitors. The commitment is not extensive as it is typically a three hour commitment and breakfast / lunch is provided.
The following are the volunteer opportunities:
Presiding Judge: (3 to 4 hour time commitment)
During the competition the presiding judge acts as the voice of the panel, controls the conduct of the courtroom and trial participants, and supervises the time constraints imposed by the rules of competition. The presiding judge rules on motions and objections based on the rules of evidence. The presiding judge does not announce a verdict on the legal merits of the case, but in all other respects conducts the trial as if it were a real trial. We prefer this role be for real judges or attorneys that have high school mock trial experience.
Scoring Panelist: (3 to 4 hour time commitment)
Three attorneys, paralegals or community members comprise the scoring panel. The score is based on presentation and NOT on the legal merits of the team’s case. However, substance of the presentation is important. “A performance rating” score sheet is completed.
This role is to make sure there is no communication between participating students and those outside of the bar. They also make sure there is no food or drink in the courtroom. Overall, makes sure that everything is running smoothly during the trial. If not, they report to the Mock Trial Sub-Committee. This individual normally is a member of the public, employed at the courthouse, or any other volunteer that doesn’t wish to score or judge a round. This is a very important role for a smooth tournament overall. A volunteer packet will be mailed prior to the event.
An orientation will be given to all volunteers before each round so you will know exactly what is needed and what to expect. No experience with prior Mock Trial is necessary.
The 2017 Tournament will be held on February 10-11, 2017 at the Douglas County Courthouse, 4000 Justice Way, Castle Rock, CO 80109. A sign-up sheet is attached for your convenience. Please return to Emily Valez at Emily.Valdez@coloradodefenders.us.
Please consider volunteering as well as sharing this opportunity with friends, family and colleagues. If you can commit to volunteering, DEBA, the students, parents and their coaches will greatly appreciate it. For further details or if you have any questions, please contact Emily Valdez at Emily.Valdez@coloradodefenders.us.
Hope to hear from you soon!
Your DEBA Officers