College Mock Trial team to host regional tournament; judges needed

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College Mock Trial team to host regional tournament; judges needed

american-mock-trial-association-logoFresno State will host the College Mock Trial Regional Qualifying Tournament of the American Mock Trial Association on campus Feb.13-14 to determine which teams will compete at the national finals.

The University’s nationally-ranked College Mock Trial program, which will coordinate the event, now seeks attorneys, judges and law students to volunteer as competition judges for any of the four rounds of trials scheduled.

Each round requires three to four hours of total time commitment, said team coach Gordon Park. An orientation on judging and scoring will be held prior to each round.

The mock criminal case this year alleges that a casino owner tried to bribe a state gaming commission official to gain influence with the commission’s vote to approve a license for a new casino. For the trial, each side’s three attorneys call three witnesses and present various documentary and physical evidence.

INFO (and to volunteer): Chris Irwin, Fresno County deputy district attorney, who is the tournament judge coordinator, at cirwin@gmail.com or 650.996.7610; or Park at gordon.park@mccormickbarstow.com or 559.289.3040.