This is a great opportunity for students to participate in a trial advocacy program and observe federal judges in action!
Volunteer witnesses are needed for the Faculty of Federal Advocates’ biennial Trial Advocacy Program. In this unique program, practicing attorneys hone their trial skills and try a fictional case before a U.S. district judge, magistrate judge, or bankruptcy judge. The FFA is in need of volunteers to serve as witnesses for the fictional trial. Witnesses would be asked to meet at the Arraj Courthouse from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 15, 2018 to confer with their assigned attorneys and would need to be available the entire day from 9:00 – 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 2, 2018 at the Arraj.
The FFA will need approximately 10 additional volunteers as witnesses. If there is more interest, we can always include students as jurors. Volunteer witness attendance on the February 15 date, while helpful, is not completely necessary because the trial teams can arrange another, more convenient, time to meet with witnesses. However, availability on March 2 is crucial, to ensure that all of the parts work smoothly as the judges are contributing their time.
Also, if students volunteer, they are welcome to attend any portion of the February 15 training that attorneys will receive which includes some great trial advocacy speakers (including Karen Steinhauser!).
Lunch will be provided for volunteers on March 2. This is a great opportunity to interact with Federal Judges, learn about the trial process, and assist with a great program. If you are able to volunteer, please contact Mandi Hoffman at AHoffman@facultyfederaladvocates.org.