The practice of law and being a lawyer goes well beyond the courtroom (or in some cases actually going back to the courtroom to help aspiring young lawyers). Georgia hosted the High School Mock Trial Program’s National Championships on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in Athens. As an Atlanta personal injury lawyer, it was really exciting to see teams from all across the country get-together here in Georgia for this annual competition. Great to see these aspiring lawyers!!! As a Georgia Bulldog myself, I especially enjoyed visiting the campus, the Classic Center, and the Athens-Clarke County courthouse, especially since we recently had a jury trial there.
Not only was volunteering really rewarding on a professional level as a personal injury trial lawyer, but also it brought back so many fond memories of my high school days, which was almost 20 years ago. I remember during my junior and senior years at the Walker School participating in the very same mock trial program. It helped me decide to be a trial lawyer. Looking back, there were so many judges and attorneys that volunteered their time to teach us about becoming a successful advocate, comfortable in court, and instilling faith in our legal system. I always want to return the favor each year by volunteering as a judge/juror/evaluator for this program.
These students are truly gifted advocates! Each team prepares opening statements. After that, there are direct and cross-examinations of witnesses, and then closing arguments. In addition, the attorneys also learn to field objections and interpose objections of their own in court. Another exciting aspect of the program is that students also serve as witnesses. They really get into their characters!! By watching them, I, similarly, learned too. I’ll be sure to use some of their techniques next time (probably tomorrow) I’m litigating one of my personal injury cases.
To learn more about the program, here’s the link to it.
Congratulations on a job well done to all the students!!
In sum, if you have any questions about our practice, which is personal injury in the Atlanta area, or know of any high school students aspiring to become lawyers in Georgia. It doesn’t just have to be personal injury ;-). Please don’t hesitate to reach out to my firm. Above all, we truly hope to do our part to make ourselves a welcoming and supportive part of the community.
Thanks again for reading our blog, and Go Dawgs!!