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Volunteer to judge an upcoming Mock Trial in January

Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020
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2019 MBA Mock Trial State Finals

The 2020 Massachusetts Bar Association's High School Mock Trial Program is looking for attorneys to serve as judges at trials scheduled for January, February and March. If you are interested in volunteering to act as a judge for one of the trials listed below, please contact us. Judges will be provided case materials and are invited to attend the Judges’ Orientation on Thursday, Jan. 9, at 5:30 p.m., at the MBA, 20 West St., Boston.  

This year, the teams are presented with a civil case. The defendant, New England Heights Institute of Music (NEHIM), notified the plaintiff, Dani/Danny Mockowski, of a five-day suspension for a violation of Article I of NEHIM’s Code of Conduct, finding that the plaintiff engaged in conduct that caused physical or psychological harm to other students, and conduct that was disruptive to the school, malicious toward others, or intentionally damaging to the reputation of fellow students. The plaintiff claims the defendant violated their rights under the U.S. Constitution and seeks to reverse their suspension and to require the defendant to expunge references to the past suspensions from their student record.

Open Trial Venue/Dates in Preliminary Week #1:

Berkshire Probate and Family Court, Pittsfield
Pittsfield High School v. Lee Middle and High School
Thursday, Jan. 23, at 1 p.m.

City of Lynn – Community Room at Lynn Police Department

North Reading High School v. Hamilton Wenham Regional High School
Friday, Jan. 24, at 1:30 p.m.

Hampshire County Superior Court
Granby Jr Sr High School v. Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School
Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 1 p.m.

The MacDuffie School v. Hopkins Academy
Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 1 p.m.

Leominster District Court
Groton School v. Lunenburg High School
Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 1:30 p.m.

Lowell City Hall
Haverhill High School v. Phillips Academy
Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 1:30 p.m.

Massachusetts School of Law, Andover
Methuen High School v. Andover High School
Friday, Jan. 24, at 1:30 p.m.

Milford District Court
Foxborough Regional Charter School v. Bellingham High School
Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 1:30 p.m.

Saugus Town Hall
Malden Catholic High School v. Winthrop High School
Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 1:30 p.m.

St. Mary’s High School v. Lynn Classical High School
Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 1:30 p.m.

Stoughton District Court
Braintree High School v. Oliver Ames High School
Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 1:30 p.m.

Holbrook Middle High School v. Cardinal Spellman High School
Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 1:30 p.m.

If you are interested in judging any one (or more) of these trials, or other trials in later January and February (not listed), please contact Mock Trial Central at (617) 338-0570 or via email.