December 3, 2021 | News
Mock Trial Jurors Needed
The Trial Lawyers Section is conducting its prestigious 40th annual Chester Bedell Mock Trial Competition in Orlando this year. Ten Florida law schools are expected to compete at the Orlando Airport Marriott Lakeside from Friday, January 21, 2022 to Sunday, January 23, 2022.
The trials are presided over by state and federal court judges, but they do not determine which team moves on in the competition. Instead, lawyers are needed to sit as scoring jurors to judge each round of the competition. We strive to have five local bar members on each scoring panel. If time allows, there will also be an opportunity to provide comments and critiques of the team’s performances at the end of each round that will help prepare these future lawyers for what lies ahead.
It is particularly important that we have as many lawyers as possible for the first two rounds of the competition, which take place late Friday afternoon from 5 to 8 pm on January 21st and on Saturday morning from 9 am to noon on January 22nd. As teams are eliminated, our jury pool drops for Saturday afternoon and Sunday. As a result we need:
- 50 jurors for Friday afternoon (1/21/22) at 5 pm
- 50 jurors for Saturday morning (1/22/22) at 9 am
- 25 jurors for Saturday afternoon (1/22/22) at 2 pm
- 10 jurors for Sunday morning (1/23/22) at 9 am
Attending one session entitles you to a maximum of 9 hours of CLE or Civil Trial Certification credit, although many of our volunteers participate in more than one trial. There is no cost to the jurors for their participation and the level of talent of these young future lawyers are is truly amazing.
On behalf of the Trial Lawyers Section of the Florida Bar and the law schools participating, we thank you for your participation. Please register your participation by clicking on the link below and commit for one or more rounds of the competition. If you have any questions, please contact Mark McLaughlin at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jenny Dorminy at email@example.com.
Sign up for your preferred shift by completing the registration link below.