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JANUARY 2014 - Mock Trials
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Volunteer Mock Trial Judges Needed 

UCLA’s Undergraduate Mock Trial Program seeks volunteer judges, attorneys or law students to serve as Trial Judges or Scoring Judges for our 2014 Mock Trial Invitational Tournament on January 18 – 20, 2014.  The trials are scheduled for Saturday afternoon, January 18 (Round 1), Sunday, January 19 (Rounds 2 & 3) and Monday, January 20 (Round 4) at the UCLA Anderson School and UCLA Law School.  Monday is a court holiday (MLK Day).  Please read the information below and sign-up to volunteer one of two ways:

1.Register as a volunteer at the following link by providing the requested information:

Mock Trial Volunteer Judge Registration Link

2.Contact Prof. Gonzalo Freixes at gonzalo.freixes@anderson.ucla.edu.

General Mock Trial Program Information

The UCLA Mock Trial Teams participate in the American Collegiate Mock Trial Association program.  Over 550 teams from universities around the nation compete against each other by presenting either the Plaintiff (Prosecution) or Defense side of a mock civil or criminal case, including Opening Statements, Direct & Cross Examination of witnesses and Closing Arguments.  Students must follow the rules of evidence of the "State of Midlands” (an imaginary state that follows the Federal Rules of Evidence).  Many local universities field teams, including UCLA, USC, Cal, Stanford, UCI, USCD, UCSB, and the Claremont colleges.  Teams from around the nation will also compete.  

2014 UCLA Mock Trial Invitational Tournament Information

The UCLA Mock Trial Invitational Tournament is one of the premier events of the Mock Trial season.  In 2014, 40 teams will compete from many of the top mock trial programs in California and the nation.  

The students will present either the Prosecution or Defense side in the case of State of Midlands v. Whit Bowman.  This criminal case involves a robbery that occurred at an amusement park in Midlands. The prosecution alleges that Defendant Bowman conspired and acted in complicity with the robber.

Volunteers need not have criminal or trial experience to participate.  There will be 20 simultaneous trials conducted each of four rounds, as follows:

Saturday, January 18, 2014
Round 1 - 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, January 19, 2014
Round 2 - 9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.                        
Round 3 - 2:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Monday, January 20, 2014 (MLK Day)
Round 4 - 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

Trials will be held at the UCLA Anderson School and Law School.  Free parking and meals will be provided to our volunteers.  We seek volunteer attorneys, judges and law students to act as trial judge and/or scoring judge in each trial.  We therefore need a minimum of 40 volunteers FOR EACH OF THE 4 SESSIONS.  The trials are a fun and rewarding experience for volunteers.  For attorneys with aspirations to sit on the bench one day, it’s a great opportunity to be a bench officer in a very realistic case.  We let you choose whether to act as the Presiding Judge (ruling on evidence & exhibits) or a Scoring Judge. You may volunteer for more than one trial.  Please share this flier with other members of your firm.

Volunteer Information
Volunteer judges should report ½ hour before the scheduled start of the round to participate in a brief training session (we’ll send further details to you).  Trials typically last 2 to 2.5 hours and are strictly timed.  Volunteers will receive a link containing the Rules of Evidence, the witness affidavits and the mock trial rules.  You need not prepare or read any documents in advance of the trials.  One presiding trial judge (must be an attorney or judge) will be needed for each trial (as the bench officer overseeing the trial and making evidentiary rulings).  The winning team is based on total points received from scores awarded for Openings, Closings, Examinations and Witness Performances.  We will outline these procedures at the training sessions prior to each round and will send e-mails prior to the trials with detailed information.
If you can serve as a volunteer for one or more sessions/rounds, please go to the registration link above or contact Prof. Freixes at gonzalo.freixes@anderson.ucla.edu.  We appreciate your support!

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