This year six students are participating in the Model Judiciary Program: Katie Ardiff, Mitch Caudill, Matt Gill, Kyle Herman, Jocelyn Powelson and Matt Wilkinson. The mock trial took place on Monday, January 11, in Judge Allen’s Court Room at Chesterfield County Courthouse. Our students competed against a competent team from Amelia High School. The mock trial resulted in a hung jury. The students were well-prepared and received excellent recognition from Judge Allen. We were lucky enough to have John Erbach, Esquire, from the Williams Mullen law firm working in conjunction with Sharon Parker in preparing the students. Congratulations to our team!
Additionally, each team is required to provide six jurors that are used in simultaneous mock trials to avoid any conflict of interest. We would like to thank the following students who volunteered their time to be jurors: Callie Guy, Marley Hall, Nic Odehnal, Maryam Patton, Nik Philipsen, Virginia Young.
All teams proceed to the Court of Appeals on February 24 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. This is where the competition becomes more challenging, as students work together to refine their argument before the judges.
The Court of Appeals judges will select the finest student-attorneys from the Richmond region to argue before the Supreme Court of Virginia. The announcement of the selected teams will be made within a few weeks of the appeals arguments. This is an outstanding opportunity, and one that many practicing attorneys in Virginia never have. Wish us luck!