High School Mock Trial Competition Needs Volunteers

Together with the Carolina Center for Civic Education, the North Carolina Advocates for Justice sponsors an annual High School Mock Trial Competition.  This year’s western regional competition will be held in Asheville, North Carolina on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at the Buncombe County Courthouse.  Melrose Law, PLLC is the regional sponsor for this competition, and I am once again acting as the regional coordinator. We are excited to give you this opportunity to participate in such a great event.

Each year attorneys score the competition rounds before a presiding judge.  The students are graded on their ability to persuasively present and cross examine witnesses, and argue what is always a hotly contested and interesting fact pattern.  I have been closely involved in this program for many years, and it is absolutely one of the best public outreach and legal education programs in North Carolina.  I routinely hear from attorneys, students, teachers, and judges throughout the year about how much they enjoyed the competition.  No advance preparation is required, and all necessary materials will be provided on the day of the event.  As space permits, you will be given the choice of either a morning or afternoon session which should take no more than three hours of your time.   Lunch will be provided.  Each year many attorneys and judges choose to participate during both sessions.  I do hope you can help out this year. I have also attached a volunteer form to this email for your convenience.  After filling out the form you can email it to pinkston@mountainverdict.com or fax to (828) 246-6221 Attn: Brett Pinkston.

Please feel free to contact my office with any further questions.   If I am unavailable, please ask to speak with my Office Assistant, Brett Pinkston.  Please respond soon to have your first choice of sessions. Thank you very much.

Sincerely yours,

Mark R. Melrose