Get Involved & Volunteer

How Do I Volunteer?

There are two ways that attorneys can volunteer for the program - either as attorney coaches or attorney scorers.  Law students, paralegals, and other non-attorneys can also volunteer as courtroom monitors for the San Diego County High School Mock Trial Competition.

Attorney Coaches

The San Diego County High School Mock Trial Program needs Attorney Coaches in early October to volunteer to coach high school teams through the end of the Competition in February 2018.  At least one or two coaches will be assigned to work with a participating team, if requested.  Teams may utilize as many Attorney Coaches as they can arrange for.  Coaches advise the students on general trial techniques and procedures and on specific strategies for presenting the case.  Attorney Coaches meet with each team weekly starting in late October to the end of the Competition in February.  The time commitment is at least once a week for a few hours.  The team's practice schedule is set up by the teacher-sponsor and Attorney Coaches.  To volunteer, please contact Michelle Chavez at mchavez@sdcba.org or via telephone at 619-321-4150. 

Attorney Scorers

The San Diego County High School Mock Trial Program needs Attorney Scorers in February 2018 to volunteer for the four rounds of the  Competition, plus the Final Championship Round.   Attorney Scorers are attorney volunteers who score the Mock Trial Competition. Attorney Scorers sit in the jury box while the student teams present their case to a State or Federal Judge, Magistrate, or Commissioner.  Attorney Scorers are given a set of criteria for rating the teams numerically.  The criteria include the quality of the students' presentations, their grasp of the law and court procedures, and their understanding of the case itself.  Time commitment is approximately two hours per trial, in addition to the time necessary to review the case and program materials prior to the Competition.  Attorneys may volunteer to score as many trials as they choose.   Attorney Scorers must abide by the rules of the CRF and the scoring criteria of the Competition, and not by the preferences of their own trial practices.   
 
To volunteer as an Attorney Scorer, click on the link below.
 
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Courtroom Monitors

The San Diego County High School Mock Trial Program needs Courtroom Monitors in February 2018 to volunteer for all four rounds of the Competition. The Courtroom Monitor’s role is to make sure there is no communication between participating students and those seated in the audience.  They also make sure there is no food or drink in the courtroom.  Overall, Courtroom Monitors make sure that everything is running smoothly during the trial.  If not, they report to the on-site Committee.  These individuals normally are comprised of JusticeCorps students, local law students, and paralegals from the San Diego Paralegal Association.  This is a very important role for a smooth tournament overall.  An orientation will be given to all Courtroom Monitor volunteers before each round and attendance is mandatory to ensure courtroom order and consistency in the Competition.   

To volunteer as a Courtroom Monitor, click on the link below.
 
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Conflict of Interest Policy

Attorneys who have a child (or other close friend or relative) competing on a high school team during the 2017-2018 San Diego County High School Mock Trial Competition are ineligible to serve during the Mock Trial Competition in February 2018.  Attorneys may serve as coaches for their child's high school team.