Be a judge, be a mentor … 'Get Involved'

Issue December 2003

Mock Trial - Judges needed immediately
In preparation for the 19th Annual Statewide Mock Trial Program, the MBA invites you to volunteer as a judge or attorney coach. Open to all public and private high school students in Massachusetts, the Mock Trial Program is a rich curriculum that promotes the development of fundamental knowledge, sound judgment and critical thinking skills. Students are placed in a simulated courtroom situation where they assume the roles of lawyers and witnesses in a hypothetical case.

This year's case is a trial before a judge on the merits of the case as to liability and damages. In this case, the plaintiff alleges the defendant contributed to the infringement of copyrighted material by a third person. Was the student encouraged to infringe the copyright of the musician or was the student the lone infringer? Is the professor liable for contributory infringement or was it a fair use of the musician's work in a scholastic setting. You be the judge.

Job Shadow - Feb. 2, 2004
For one day in February, the MBA sponsors young people from various communities in the commonwealth to "shadow" attorneys in order to gain an appreciation for legal work in general and the area shadowed in particular. Job Shadow's goal is to provide a favorable experience to the students, to foster an appreciation for the importance of living in a society of laws, to create a positive impression of lawyers and to introduce students to a variety of careers available at a law firm.

Attorneys from all areas of law are encouraged to participate -business, probate, real estate - all are equally interesting. During Job Shadow Day, attorneys are encouraged to visit their local courthouse and introduce the young people to other legal professionals in and outside of their offices.

Elder Law Education Program
In May - to celebrate Law Day - MBA members throughout the state volunteer to speak at their local senior center or council on aging on various elder-legal topics. Topics range from basic elder legal issues to more substantive areas of law.

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