Volunteer Jurors & Appellate Panel Judges


Volunteer Jurors & Appellate Panel Judges

Volunteer jurors and appellate panel judges help create a meaningful final event for participants in Discovering Justice’s Mock Trial & Mock Appeal Program. In December, jurors support our students’ and volunteers’ semester-long efforts by filling the jury box, listening to arguments, determining the case with the guidance of a real judge, and providing feedback. In May, appellate panel judges will read the petitioner and respondent’s appellate memos, listen to and question students during oral arguments, and provide feedback.

A brief reception follows the culminating courthouse events in which attendees come together to celebrate the end of the program. These events are a great opportunity for both first-time volunteers to see our program action and for returning volunteers to deepen their connection to Discovering Justice.

The next need for volunteer appellate panel judges will be in May 2023. Participation is limited to those with a legal background. Community members, public officials, parents, and more are invited to be jurors in December 2023. A legal background is not required.

The volunteering opportunity takes place in the evening, during the work week, for approximately 2 hours.

Contact Malia Brooks at mbrooks@discoveringjustice.org about getting involved.

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