The High School Mock Trial program operates through the generous spirit of many individuals who volunteer their time. Volunteer opportunities range from coaching a team to evaluating or presiding during competition Rounds in the spring to serving on a sub-committee behind the scenes. Without the volunteered time of the membership of the State Bar, the program would not be able to reach the almost 2,000 high school students across the state of Georgia.
Each team is required to have at least one Attorney Coach; many teams have multiple Coaches. The Attorney Coach works directly with the students in learning the legal aspects of preparing the case. While this requires the greatest commitment of time, it also provides the most interaction and direct involvement with students in the program. Teams are responsible for identifying Attorney Coaches for their team but the Mock Trial office can assist teams in locating a coach.
Without just a few hours' time from Bar members on a Saturday in the spring, the competitions would not take place. This is the simplest, least time committed way to be involved with the program!
Attorneys and judges are used as Evaluators or Presiding Judges during competition Rounds. For each Round of competition, 4 volunteers are needed in each courtroom (3 Evaluators and 1 Presiding Judge). Below are the various levels of competition and dates for each.
The Mock Trial Competition is operated by the YLD's HSMT Committee which oversees the program. Subcommittees exists to work on the creation of the Problem, the Rules of the Competition, planning for State Finals, Honors and Awards, and Development (Fundraising). To volunteer for the Committee, please submit the
sign-up form to the Mock Trial office.