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.
Teams Needing Attorney Coaches for 2019 Season - This list is updated on a regular basis as needs arise or are resolved. Please check the list often for teams in your area. The list shows the date is was most recently updated.
Attorney Coach CLE Form (for the 2019 HSMT season) - Hours will be applied to the 2018 transcript.
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, four volunteers are needed in each courtroom (three Evaluators and one Presiding Judge). Below are the various levels of competition and dates for each.
Regional Judging Panel Volunteer Form - Weekend of Feb. 2 in 16 locations around the state. Approximately 925 volunteer spots required.
District Judging Panel Volunteer Form - Weekend of Feb. 23 in eight locations around the state. 320 volunteer spots required.
State Finals Judging Panel Volunteer Form - Saturday, March 16, in Athens, Georgia. 84 volunteer spots required.
Information about claiming CLE credit for judging panel service can be found on the Judging Panel Information page.
The Mock Trial Competition is operated by the YLD's HSMT Committee which oversees the program. The committee is chaired by a chair, 1st vice chair and 2nd vice chair. Subcommittees exist 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 contact Michael Nixon in the Mock Trial office: firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-527-8779.