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The CBA High School Mock Trial Program affords an excellent opportunity to be involved in a rewarding and fun learning experience for our young people. This can only happen with hundreds of attorney, paralegal and community volunteers assisting. Please consider being a part of this incredible educational experience for the high school students of our state by volunteering in one or more of the below capacities.

To volunteer for a Mock Trial tournament in your area, visit the TOURNAMENTS page to sign-up online or contact your tournament coordinator.

CBA Mock Trial Committee Member

The committee is looking for new members to meet the second Wednesday of the month from noon.  Call-ins are always welcome. The committee organizes the Colorado High School Mock Trial Program, which includes creating an annual case problem and leading numerous training sessions for students and coaches.  More than 1,200 high school students participated this year with the guidance of approximately 200 coaches. An additional 900 members volunteered as presiding judges and/ or scoring panelists.  To join contact or sign up online now.

Attorney Coach (flexible time commitment for 2 to 6 months)

An attorney works directly with the teacher coach and students of a high school mock trial team. The attorney offers clarification of the legal matters of the case, strategies for presentation and use of evidentiary material, general insight into the legal issues involved and courtroom procedure. This position offers the most direct involvement with the students in preparing them for competition. The time commitment varies from 1 or 2 hours a week for two months to a much greater amount of time depending on the availability of all those involved. Practices are usually after school, in the evenings or on weekends depending on the attorney’s schedule and workload. Undoubtedly, attorney coaches are afforded the most rewarding and long-lasting relationships with high school students, who describe their participation in this program as life changing.

Presiding Judge: (3 to 4 hour time commitment)

During the competition the presiding judge acts as the voice of the panel, controls the conduct of the courtroom and trial participants, and supervises the time constraints imposed by the rules of competition. The presiding judge rules on motions and objections based on the rules of evidence. The presiding judge does not announce a verdict on the legal merits of the case, but in all other respects conducts the trial as if it were a real trial. 

Scoring Panelist: (3 to 4 hour time commitment)

Three or more attorneys, paralegals, or knowledgeable community members comprise the scoring panel. As a scoring panelist, you will sit in the jury box for the duration of the trial and score the students based on their performance. However, you will not return a verdict; rather, you will fill out the provided score sheet based on the presentation and not the legal merits of the team’s’ case.

Courtroom Monitor

Courtroom Monitor’s role is to make sure there is no communication between participating students and those outside of the bar.  They also make sure there is no food or drink in the courtroom.  Overall, makes sure that everything is running smoothly during the trial.  If not, they report to the Mock Trial Sub-Committee.  This individual normally is a member of the public, employed at the courthouse, or any other volunteer that doesn’t wish to score or judge a round. This is a very important role for a smooth tournament overall.  A volunteer packet will be mailed prior to the event.  An orientation will be given to all volunteers before each round.