College students will arrive in Baltimore next month to argue a casino bribery case at the 2016 Eastern Regional Mock Trial Tournament, and organizers at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law have put out a call for volunteer judges to preside throughout the weekend.
Volunteers can be a presiding judge or a scoring judge for one round or up to all four on Feb. 27 and 28, according to Mark A. Graber, a law professor and director of Maryland Mock Trial. No prior criminal law or trial experience is necessary, according to a news release — just a law degree.
The case, in case you were wondering, involves the owner of the fictional Black Bear Casino, who is accused of bribing the head of the local gambling commission.
Two rounds will be held Saturday and Sunday. Morning rounds begin at 9:30 a.m. and afternoon rounds begin at 2:30 p.m. (Two teams will have their first round at 1 p.m. Friday and their second at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, for religious reasons.)
First-time judges will learn about the case and the mock trial process during a meeting prior to each round. Breakfast and lunch will be provided both days.
Graber can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-706-2767 with any questions.