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Volunteer Opportunities

The CBA High School Mock Trial Program volunteer forms are below for the State Tournament held in Colorado Springs, CO and Denver Regional Tournament held at the Denver City and County Building.  There is no need to fill these out by hand because you are now able to type in the information and mail/ fax/ email them back to the CBA. These forms are in PDF and require Adobe Acrobat reader latest version (it's free) .  Unless you have the full Adobe Acrobat Suite installed on your computer these forms can not be saved. 

Please fill and print out the volunteer forms by mail, fax or scan and email to cbamock@cobar.org

Click here for the 2015 Colorado State Mock Trial Volunteer Form

Click here for the 2015 Denver Regional Mock Trial Volunteer Form

Click here for the 2015 Adams County Regional Mock Trial Volunteer Form

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 following capacities:

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 cbamock@cobar.org

Attorney Coach: (flexible time commitment for two - six 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 attorneys, paralegals or community members comprise the scoring panel. The score is based on presentation and NOT on the legal merits of the team's case. However, substance of the presentation is important. "A performance rating " scoresheet is completed.

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. 

Other Opportunities:
• serving on the CBA Mock Trial Committee
• helping with skills clinics held at the beginning of each season
• helping prepare the state championship team during the month of April for national competition in May

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