Volunteers Needed to Serve During Mock Trials at UW College of Law

August 10, 2012

Volunteers are needed to serve as jurors for mock trials Friday, Aug. 17, which culminates the second annual Summer Trial Institute at the University of Wyoming College of Law.

Interested participants should report to the College of Law no later than 1:45 p.m. Six mock trials are scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. Volunteers should expect to sit on the jury panel for at least two hours.

For more information, contact Christine Michel in the College of Law dean’s office at (307) 766-6562 or cmichel@uwyo.edu.

Twenty-four current UW law students, since Aug. 5, have received instruction from attorneys and judges, most from Wyoming, in an intense “boot camp” setting, says Steve Easton, UW Law School dean.

UW law students have attended sessions focusing on beneficial information about assorted parts of trial practice, such as direct and cross-examination of witnesses, opening statements and closing arguments. The lectures are followed by demonstrations when faculty members show students how they would approach these matters in trial, Easton says.

“In the afternoon, the students try their hand at these skills,” he says.

Easton adds that during the final week of the institute, students will prepare for Friday’s court cases, which volunteer jurors will hear and render their verdicts.

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