Lawyers e-Journal

Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011
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Photograph by Jennifer Rosinski
From left to right: Albert W. Wallis, executive director of the Brown Rudnick Center for the Public Interest; MBA President Richard P. Campbell; Andrew P. Strehle, partner at Brown Rudnick.

Brown Rudnick sponsors 27th annual MBA Mock Trial

Brown Rudnick LLP, through its Center for the Public Interest, presented the Massachusetts Bar Association with a $25,000 check for the Mock Trial Program on Nov. 3. The international law firm has supported the program since 1998.

More than 100 schools across the state are expected to compete in this year's 27th annual program, which kicks off in January with preliminary trials. The program places high school teams from 16 regions across the state in a simulated courtroom situation.

This year's case explores the division of legal responsibility when addressing a pervasive social problem, one that is familiar to most, if not all, high school students -- bullying. The issue at the heart of the civil claim, to be tried by the participating students is, what level of responsibility teachers bear in identifying and preventing bullying among students. This is a topic that is prevalent in the media and one that illustrates the challenging intersection between law and social policy.

The finals will be held on March 23. Last year, The Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School of South Hadley won the state championship and placed 31st in the national tournament.

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