Discovering Justice Mock Trials December 13, 2022. (Photo/Reba Saldanha)

How You Can Get Involved!

Discovering Justice is able to provide its services to tens of thousands of students across the Commonwealth because of its hundreds of partners and volunteers.

From long-term to one-off opportunities, you can become engaged with Discovering Justice as a volunteer and partner. Contact Senior Outreach & Recruitment Associate Malia Brooks at to learn more about the opportunities below and more short-term opportunities such as being a volunteer juror at the 2-hour Mock Trial Culminating Event or translating our Children Discovering Justice curriculum into Spanish.

Educate Youth About the Judicial System

Meet with middle school student attorneys weekly to examine the workings of the judicial system, explore the ideals of justice, and prepare them to argue a case before a real judge, a jury, or appellate panel in a courthouse at the end of the semester. We have a high need for volunteers in Brockton, Framingham, Lowell, Medford, and Springfield.

  • Position: Legal Mentor
  • Time Commitment: 11 weeks, 90 min/week, 1x/week
  • Experience: Legal background and/or JD preferred, but not required
  • Training : Discovering Justice provides a 2-hour orientation and curriculum including lesson plans, corresponding slide decks, case materials, and teaching tools

Explore History, Architecture, and Justice

Guide community organizations, college students, and interested members of the public on a one-hour tour of the John Joseph Moakley U.S Courthouse. Highlight the workings of the courthouse and how the architecture and art reflect the aspirations and challenges of justice and our democracy.

  • Position: Tour Docent
  • Time Commitment: 1-2 weekdays/month between 9:00 am-4 pm, 60-minute tours, as needed
  • Experience: No experience necessary
  • Training: Orientation from Courthouse Programs Manger, tour shadowing

Guide Grades K-12 students through a field trip in the John Joseph Moakley U.S. Courthouse. Volunteers will interact with students and facilitate engaging activities and discussions around justice. Every field trip includes a courthouse tour and one additional activity of your choice. The additional activities for students are either meeting with a judge, courtroom activity about justice, or observing court proceedings. Therefore, this person must be able to stay the whole 90 minutes and support these activities. Lastly, volunteers may be asked to help during lunchtime in addition to supporting getting students through security.

  • Position: Field Trip Volunteer
  • Time Commitment: 1-2 weekdays/week between 9:30 am-4 pm, 90 minutes
  • Experience: Interest and background working with students preferred
  • Training: Orientation from Courthouse Programs Manager, field trip shadowing

Inspire Students to Advocate for Change

Tell your story of advocacy that will inspire young students participating in our Children Discovering Justice elementary civics curriculum to take action on issues that matter to them.

  • Time Commitment: 30-minute Zoom interview
  • Experience: Experience participating in local activism and advocacy, such as movements, campaigns, protests, etc. (Ages 6-26 preferred)
  • Process: We will share all videos for approval before use and credit you in our curriculum
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Photo by Reba Saldanha

Discovering Justice Prepares for a New School Year of Mock Trial

School may be out, but Discovering Justice staff and volunteers are hard at work preparing for the new school year. Lawyers, teachers, law students, and even an expert in legal English education have been instrumental in updating Discovering Justice’s Mock Trial program. Thanks to the group’s efforts, the program will offer a new case on a First Amendment or Fifth Amendment case and a revamped curriculum to middle school students in 35 schools across the region.

“We are excited about the fall and for the opportunity for students to take on these new cases,” said Matt Wilson, Discovering Justice Executive Director. “We appreciate the work of Lynn Bonesteel, Dan Less, David Barry, Jamie Pirog, Siri Carr, James Bor-Zale, and Gwen Walker for all their hard work getting us ready for September.”

In addition, staff is preparing a set of orientations in Boston, Brockton, Lowell, Worcester, and Springfield for the 150 legal mentors and teacher coordinators who will be teaching the new case to middle school students.

For legal professionals, school administrators, or teachers interested in this Fall’s Mock Trial Program, contact Senior Outreach and Recruitment Associate Malia Brooks at

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Join Discovering Justice as a 2023 Fall Fellow

Discovering Justice is currently hiring for its Fall 2023 Class of Fellows. Do you know a college student or recent graduate who is passionate about civic education and the need to protect and promote our democracy? Through the Fellowship Program, we welcome young professionals onto our staff and entrust them with the responsibility to help carry out our programs.

Fellows work directly with a Discovering Justice staff person to run our civic education programs or build the organization’s operational capacity through our communications outreach, fundraising, and event planning. During the semester-long program, Fellows will lead and complete projects, collaborate with both staff members and other Fellows, and learn more about the state of civic education and the operations of nonprofit organizations. Our staff and volunteers provide an open and welcoming environment that enables Fellows to take on responsibilities and learn core nonprofit skills to help in their careers.

The ideal Fellow:

  • Is passionate about civic education and the need to protect and promote our democracy.
  • Can commit to working 40 hours a week with a dynamic and energetic staff (at least 25 hours for a Part-Time Fellowship).
  • Has excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Loves to work with a team and wants to learn new skills.
  • Is interested in pursuing a career in nonprofits, teaching, or the law.

Open Positions

Civic Education Advocacy Fellowship

The Fellow will work with the Executive Director to engage civic education groups and their constituents in public education and advocacy work to increase Massachusetts’ investment in civic education programs. The Fellow will work with the Executive Director to coordinate meetings with teachers, students, civic leaders, and their legislators to educate them about the civic education being done in their districts and to encourage more resources and support for these programs. Experience with managing events and recruiting and organizing volunteers is required.

Communications Fellowship

The Communications Fellow will work with the Executive Director and Outreach & Recruitment Senior Associate to develop and implement a social and earned media outreach strategy to promote the organization’s civic education programs to volunteers, donors, and community members. Through collaboration with program managers, the Fellow will create and share content including, but not limited to, flyers, videos, graphics, and social media content. The Fellow will also help develop the organization’s electronic and physical communications that frequently broadcast the organization’s activities and programs to partners. Adobe Premiere Pro and Canva, or similar movie and graphic design editing experience preferred.

Children Discovering Justice Internship

During the 23-24 school year, Discovering Justice will be working with over 100 teachers across 20 schools, in at least five districts in Massachusetts (Boston, Chelsea, Springfield, West Springfield, and Dennis/Yarmouth). The Elementary Civics Intern will support the Education Program Director and K-5 Curriculum Developer by conducting in-person classroom visits and observations, researching, gathering data and feedback from teachers and students, and implementing edits based on educator feedback. This internship will be supervised by Victoria Suri, the K-5 Curriculum Developer, and supported by the Education Director. This Fellowship is ideal for a graduate student studying education, human development, and/or civic studies.

Logistics and Application

The Fall 2023 Fellowship will run from September 11 to December 21. Fellows will work two days a week in person at the Moakley Courthouse in Boston, and three days remotely. Limited part-time opportunities are available, but preference is given to candidates with full-time availability.

Fellows will receive a stipend of $3,500 for their term (a proportionate stipend with part-time Fellowships). This Fellowship is ideal for a recent graduate or a college student taking a gap semester or year. Please specify your Fellowship(s) of interest in your email or in your cover letter. To apply, submit a cover letter and resume to Malia Brooks at

Black, Indigenous, People of Color, Women, and LGBTQIA+ people are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Kayla Nordman

Kayla Nordman believes strongly in expanding access to comprehensive civic education to provide the next generation with the resources they need to uphold and expand upon the values of American democracy and create a more equitable future. Before joining Discovering Justice, she worked as a Legislative Intern at the Massachusetts State House and as a Program Manager for the Massachusetts Center for Civic Education. Kayla graduated from Suffolk University with a BA in International Relations.