Carolina Mock Trial (Deadline)

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

12:00 PM

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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.


Twenty-four teams  from 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.


Carolina Mock 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.




Joanna Steele

Carolina Mock Trial Executive Board Member

UNC Chapel Hill 2013


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