Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Judges and "juror-evaluators" wanted for March trial competition

The National Criminal Justice Trial Competition, held in Chicago, is co-sponsored by the Criminal Justice Section of the American Bar Association and The John Marshall Law School.

Twenty teams from the best law school trial advocacy programs in the country will participate in this year's contest, which runs from Thursday, March 14 to Saturday, March 16, and JMLS is looking to recruit judges and "juror evaluators" from the local legal community to judge the competition.

Jurists and practicing attorneys are asked to volunteer for approximately three hours to observe and evaluate student performances in a simulated trial. This year, teams will prosecute and defend the case of People v. Shane Waters, a delivery of a controlled substance causing death case. Judging or evaluating this competition has been approved for CLE.

Kelly Navarro, the Associate Director of the JMLS Center for Advocacy & Dispute Resolution, says first-time volunteers will find this a "gratifying experience." Persons who have previously served as a judge or evaluator before can attest to "the rewards of watching these well-prepared student-advocates," she added.

Judge and juror/evaluators are needed for sessions on Thursday night, Friday morning, Friday afternoon, and Saturday morning. Interested persons can sign up for more than one time.

For more information, or to volunteer, email Navarro at

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