Lawyers e-Journal

Thursday, Feb. 14, 2008
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L to R: Brown Rudnick Center for the Public Interest Executive Director Al Wallis, MBA Executive Director Marilyn J. Wellington, MBA President David W. White Jr. and Brown Rudnick Chief Executive Officer Joseph F. Ryan.

Brown Rudnick sponsors Mock Trial Tournament for tenth consecutive year

Firm donates $25,000 to program

by Tricia M. Oliver

Brown, Rudnick, Berlack, Israels LLP, through its Center for Public Interest, recently donated $25,000 to the MBA's 2008 Mock Trial Program. Brown Rudnick has been the exclusive financial underwriter of this program, contributing a quarter million dollars since 1998.

“Brown Rudnick’s commitment is integral to enhancing our ability to provide thousands of our young citizens with an early introduction to the legal system,” MBA Executive Director Marilyn J. Wellington, said.

The popular high school Mock Trial competition kicked off its 23rd year on Jan. 28. More than 15,000 students at more than 100 schools across the commonwealth are participating. At least 100 lawyers across the state will serve as volunteer coaches and judges.

Last year, Sharon High School won the state championship and placed seventh in the national tournament.

First organized in 1985, the tournament places high school students in a simulated courtroom to assume the roles of lawyers and witnesses in a hypothetical case.

“We are delighted to support MBA Mock Trial Program, which reaches every corner of the Bay State, enriching both high school students and their attorney coaches,” said Al Wallis, executive director of the Brown Rudnick Center for the Public Interest.

For more information on the 2008 Mock Trial Program, or to volunteer to judge the final rounds of the competition, click here.

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