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Judges Needed for National Mock Trial Tournament at Furman University

February 12, 2016

Dear Fellow SCWLA Members,

        As a 1991 graduate of Furman University, I am proud to announce that this April, Furman University will host its first-ever Bell Tower National Championship——the premier collegiate mock trial tournament in the country!

        The American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) serves as the governing body for intercollegiate mock trial.  Under the great work of this association, in February 2016, 5000 students from 650 teams representing 350 colleges and universities will compete in 25 regional tournaments; the best 192 teams will advance to one of eight super-regional competitions; and the best 48 teams from the super-regional tournaments will vie for the Bell Tower title.  To earn a bid to the Bell Tower, a team must rank among the top 7% of entries nationwide.  Each round is judged by a panel of at least three licensed attorneys.  One attorney serves as a presiding judge, while the other two serve as scoring judges.  The scoring judges sit in the mock trial courtroom as   jurors.

       Please consider serving as a judge for at least one of the exciting rounds in the Bell Tower National Championship.  Greenville, South Carolina is the smallest city ever to host an AMTA national championship, which event requires a whopping 576 licensed attorneys to be judges.  To reach this goal, Furman needs your assistance.  It has already registered attorneys and actual judges from twenty-one states, extending from California to Illinois and Massachusetts to Texas.  Three out of the four rounds still need attorneys and/or actual judges to register:

Round I, Friday 15 April, 2:00-6:00pm (30 slots still open)

Round II, Saturday 16 April, 8:30am-12:30pm (45 slots still open)

Round IV, Sunday 17 April, 8:30am-12:30pm (77 slots still open)

       All mock trial judges will receive a brief orientation to the case and rules of the competition directly before each trial.  Following the orientation session, you will be paired with other attorneys or judges to assess a trial.  Mock trial judges usually provide a brief oral critique of the trial after submitting scoring sheets. Total time commitment (including orientation) per round is four hours.  Meals will be provided before each round.

       To register as a judge, CLICK HERE. If you would rather speak to someone about registration or have questions, please call the tournament coordinator, Lisa Gyauch, at (864) 294-2479.


Many thanks,

Robin Tidwell