MCHB relies on volunteer attorneys to provide judging and feedback for our in-house competitions. In addition to allowing the competitions to function, volunteer judges provide valuable feedback that helps students improve their advocacy skills.
WHAT DO JUDGES DO?
Judges' duties vary according to the type of competition. Judges in the Mock Trial Competitions will have the opportunity to make rulings on motions in limine and objections. Appellate Advocacy judges can tap into their inner Scalias and Sotomayors and pepper competitors with questions, while Contracts Competition judges generally assume more of a "spectator" role.
Judges are provided with bench briefs and/or background information prior to their judging commitments. They also receive detailed scoring criteria and information on the competition rules. We do not typically ask judges to score written student materials; volunteer judges are generally involved only in the oral rounds of competitions.
We welcome attorneys from all practice areas.
WHAT'S THE TIME COMMITMENT?
The time commitment varies for each competition, but judges can generally expect to spend between three and four hours at the Law School each time they volunteer. We understand that our judges are extremely busy people, and strive to be respectful of their donated time.