The North Carolina Bar Foundation’s Civic Education and Community Engagement Committee supports Middle School Mock Trial competitions by actively engaging in relationships with schools, teachers, and volunteers across North Carolina.
One such event took place in Charlotte on February 25, hosting four Mecklenburg County middle school teams and another team from Asheville. The teams participated in a day-long competition, with logistical support provided by NC Bar Foundation staff and volunteers. Pictures from the event can be viewed here.
Fifteen attorney, paralegal, and law student volunteers served as scoring jurors and presiding judges, many of whom spent the entire day with the middle school students at the Charles R. Jonas Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, where the competition was hosted. Four rounds of trials were held before a championship round capped off the day. Students from Holy Trinity Catholic School took home medals as winners of this year’s Charlotte-area competition.
NCBF volunteers are critical to the success of the Middle School Mock Trial program by participating in every aspect of the event process. Members of the NCBF Civic Education and Community Engagement Committee began planning last fall by creating case materials and rules documents. Members of the committee have also coached, or even helped to form new mock trial teams in places where they live.
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