John S. Bradway High School Mock Trial Competition
Mock Trial Competition/Law Camp Committee
Mock Trial Competition Offered each spring, this program allows students to play the roles of lawyers and witnesses in a simplified mock trial. Approximately 30 public and parochial high school teams compete each year. Topics of previous programs have involved the suppression of evidence, hate crimes, constitutional issues, simple negligence matters and civil forfeitures in a criminal context. YLD volunteer coaches guide students in understanding the way a trial works, help develop strategy and promote an understanding of trial fundamentals. The teams compete in a round-robin tournament, with the champion representing Philadelphia at the state mock trial finals at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA. Winners there go on to represent Pennsylvania in the national finals. Volunteers are needed to serve as team coaches and judges for the preliminary rounds of the competition.
Mock Trial Law Camp This program helps prepare students for the annual high school Mock Trial Competition. The camp is an intensive all-day training session that couples instructive session with hands-on training in direct and cross-examination of parties and witnesses. It also helps with their preparation and presentation of all components of the trials, including opening statements and closing arguments. Volunteers are needed to be group leaders and to assist in the student presentation. Group leaders are responsible for guiding teams of six students through the entire two-day program. There is a smaller time commitment for volunteers who want to serve as witnesses and jury members or help with the administration of the program.
Interested in becoming a mock trial coach?
If you're interested in possibly becoming a mock trial attorney advisor/coach for one of the dozens of local Philadelphia high school mock trial teams, please contact Roberta West via e-mail at Roberta.West@Temple.edu or via phone at (215) 204-1887.
Please note: The mock trial problem, rules and evaluating judges information can be found on the Pennsylvania Bar Association Web site: www.pabar.org, (then click on the Young Lawyers section, then click on Statewide Mock Trial)