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[New Content Page]JANUARY 2013 NEWSLETTER - Mock Trial Judges
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UCLA’s Undergraduate Mock Trial Program seeks volunteer judges, attorneys or law students to serve as Trial Judges or Scoring Judges for our upcoming 2013 Mock Trial Invitational Tournament on January 19 – 21, 2013.  The trials are scheduled for Saturday afternoon, January 19 (Round 1), Sunday, January 20 (Rounds 2 & 3) and Monday, January 21 (Round 4) at the UCLA Anderson School and UCLA Law School.  Monday is a court and school holiday (MLK Day).  Please read the information below and contact UCLA Anderson Associate Dean Gonzalo Freixes at to volunteer.

General Mock Trial Program Information

The UCLA Mock Trial Teams participate in the American Collegiate Mock Trial Association program.  Over 600 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.  

2013 UCLA Mock Trial Invitational Tournament Information

The UCLA Mock Trial Invitational Tournament is one of the premier events of the Mock Trial season.  In 2013, 38 teams will compete from many of the top mock trial programs in California and the nation.  The students will present either the Plaintiff or Defense side in the case of Allen  v. Neptune Underwater Adventures, a civil suit from the death of a scuba diver who participated in one of Neptune’s excursions.  Volunteers need not have civil or trial experience to participate.  There will be 19 simultaneous trials conducted each round (1 on Saturday, 2 on Sunday and 1 on Monday), as follows:

Saturday, January 19, 2013
Round 1 - 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, January 20, 2013
Round 2 - 9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.                        
Round 3 - 2:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Monday, January 21, 2013 (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 38 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 1 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 1 or more sessions/rounds, please contact Prof. Freixes at  We appreciate your support!
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