UNC Law Students,
As you may know, Carolina
Mock Trial has co-hosted the Tobacco Road Invitational in the past. Four years
ago, our organization and University was presented with the honor of hosting a
Regional Tournament. We are delighted to announce and invite you to participate
as a judge in
this year’s 2013 Chapel Hill Regional for the American Mock Trial Association.
The tournament will be held Friday, February 1, through Sunday, February 3.
Mock trial is an
intercollegiate competition which seeks to encourage undergraduate students to
think critically and to educate them about the law. Teams of six to ten
students from one college hold a trial in a competitive setting with students
from a different college. This year’s case is a civil case that deals with the
charge of wrongful death.
Each mock trial
team participates in four trials throughout the competition – two trials as the
plaintiff and two trials representing the defendant – with one trial held on
Friday, two held on Saturday, and the last held Sunday morning. Three students
from each team hold roles as lawyers for either the plaintiff or the defense,
taking opening, middle, and closing attorney positions, while the remainder of
the team holds roles as witnesses.
across the Southeast will be competing at this event. We must have three judges in each
trial room for each of the four rounds of competition. Two scoring judges fill out
ballots based on the teams’ performance, while the presiding judge rules on
objections. Scoring judges will
grade both attorneys and witnesses from a team on a scale from 1 to 10;
attorneys are judged on the basis of their knowledge of law, the federal
rules of evidence, court procedure, presentation, and grasp of the case
problem, whereas witnesses are judged on the basis of their convincing
portrayal of their characters, including consistency with facts in the
affidavit, poise, clarity, and ability to hold your interest.
Lunch and dinner will
be provided to judges on
Saturday and pastries, coffee and lunch will be provided to judges on Sunday.
Rounds will run from 6:00-9:00pm on Friday, February 1. On Saturday, February
2, rounds will run from 10am-1pm and from 3:00pm-6:00 pm. The final Round will
run from 9:00am-12:00pm on Sunday, February 3. We would like for judges to arrive
an hour before the start of each round to receive training on mock trial
procedures. More information about arrival times and logistics will be sent in
a confirmation email at a later date.
Trial would appreciate it greatly if you could find the time to participate in
this Regional Tournament. Whether that means you could judge all three days, just one
day, or simply encourage your colleagues to judge, your help would be invaluable
to us. Thank you for your help and please consider lending us your time
and expertise. Please call, or write back, if you are interested in helping
with the tournament.
Trial Executive Board Member
UNC Chapel Hill