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January 2015 - Mock Trial
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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 Presiding Judges or Scoring Judges for our 2015 UCLASSIC Mock Trial Tournament on January 17 – 19, 2015.  The trials are scheduled for Saturday afternoon, January 17 (Round 1), Sunday, January 18 (Rounds 2 & 3) and Monday, January 19 (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

            or use the following web address:

2.    Contact Prof. Gonzalo Freixes at

General Mock Trial Program Information

The UCLA Mock Trial Teams participate in the American Collegiate Mock Trial Association program.  Over 600 teams from colleges around the nation compete by presenting 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 California universities field teams, including UCLA, USC, Cal, Stanford, UCI, USCD, UCSB, Cal-Poly and the Claremont colleges.  Teams from around the nation will also compete in our tournament.  By judging you help students from all of these fine universities prepare for the regional and national championship tournaments.

2015 UCLA Mock Trial Invitational Tournament Information

The UCLASSIC Tournament is one of the premier events of the Mock Trial season.  In 2015, 40 teams will compete from many of the top mock trial programs in California and the nation. 

The students will present the Plaintiff or Defense side in the case of Park v. Duran.  This civil case involves a wrongful death action against the parent of Jesse Duran (an 11 year-old child) for the shooting death of Sydney Park (also 11 years old).  The children were handling a revolver kept in a safe in the Park home when Jesse shot Sydney.  Teams can pursue alternative theories of Intentional Shooting (making Jesse’s parent strictly liable) or Negligent Parental Supervision.  Volunteers need not have civil or trial experience to participate. 

There will be 20 simultaneous trials conducted each of four rounds, as follows:


Saturday, January 17, 2015
Round 1 - 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.


Sunday, January 18, 2015

Round 2 - 9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.                                                                                                                           

Round 3 - 2:30 - 5:30 p.m.


Monday, January 19, 2015 (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.

We will send you confirmations and detailed tournament information in early January.  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  We appreciate your support!