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October 29, 2009

Volunteer Attorneys Sought for Annual Mock Trial Competition in January and February 2010

The Young Lawyers Division (YLD) of the Philadelphia Bar Association and Temple University's Legal Education and Participation Program (LEAP) are seeking volunteer attorneys to act as judges at the annual John S. Bradway High School Mock Trial Competition, held in Philadelphia in January and February 2010.

Held each spring, the John S. Bradford High School Mock Trial Competition pits teams of high school students playing the roles of lawyers and witnesses against one another in simulated trials. Approximately fifty Philadelphia public and parochial high school teams enter each year. Volunteer judges will commit to judge at least one three-hour round of competition during a weekday, weeknight or weekend between January 25 and February 27, 2010. Volunteers can choose to judge as many rounds as their schedules permit and no trial experience is required. Topics of previous competitions have involved hate crimes, constitutional issues and civil forfeitures in a criminal context. The top two teams represent the city in the state championship, the winner of which will represent Pennsylvania in the national competition, being held for the first time ever in Philadelphia in May 2010.

Lawyers and law students of all ages are invited to volunteer. To sign up or for more details, CLICK HERE or contact YLD members Joshu Harris at, Paul Kaufman at or Kristina Littman at

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