The Brandeis University Mock Trial Association is seeking lawyers and law students to serve as judges at their 14th annual Louis D. Brandeis Mock Trial invitational tournament, which will take place November 9th and 10th, 2019 at the Brandeis University campus in Waltham, Massachusetts.

The MBLA intends to organize a group of lawyers and law students to volunteer.  Please contact if you are interested in participating. 

Since 2006, the Brandeis University Mock Trial Association has hosted anAnnual Justice Louis D. Brandeis Invitational Tournament in the Mandel Humanities Quad, a five-building academic complex at the northernmost point of the Brandeis campus. The tournament traditionally attracts top teams from across the Northeast, consistently including Harvard University, Yale University, Cornell University, and Boston University in addition to other teams across the country, such as Northwestern University.  During the competition, college students from across the country enact every function of a trial: Opening Statements, two cases-in-chief with three witnesses per side, and Closing Arguments.

As a Judge, your job would be to objectively score the performance of two competing teams, possibly preside over the trial, hear objections and, most significantly, provide teams with feedback on their strategies and performances. Your experience and input will be invaluable as teams prepare for upcoming Regional and National rounds of competition next spring.

During Judge’s Meetings, which are half an hour before trial, judges will be briefed on some important judging procedures and receive judging assignments for the Round. As a token of appreciation, the Brandeis University Mock Trial Association will provide breakfast, lunch and refreshments before the Judge’s Meetings.

The Rounds are as follows:

Saturday, November 10th

Round 1

9:00 AM—9:30 AM: Judge Registration

9:30 AM: Judge’s Meeting

10:00 AM—1:00 PM: Trial 1

Round 2

2:00 PM—2:30 PM: Judge Registration

2:30 PM: Judge’s Meeting

3:00 PM—6:00 PM: Trial 2

Sunday, November 11th

Round 3

8:00 AM—8:30 AM: Judge Registration

8:30 AM: Judge’s Meeting

9:00 AM—12:00 PM: Trial 3

Round 4

1:00 PM—1:30 PM: Judge Registration

1:30 PM: Judge’s Meeting

2:00 PM—5:00 PM: Trial 4

6:00 PM—Awards Ceremony

Case Preview 

State v Ryder

On July 15, 2018 Jordan Ryder and their child Parker embark on a hiking trip after Ryder returns from prison. However, after this trip, only Ryder comes back. Parker’s body is found in a ravine below Leckrone Loop trail, where Ryder and Parker were hiking earlier. The police bring in Ryder, and charge them with either aggravated murder or involuntary manslaughter.