Community Service Opportunity for Students Interested in Law

Are you interested in criminal law? Do you want to meet local judges, attorneys, and other members of the legal community? Then come serve on a mock trial jury this summer!

The Virginia Indigent Defense Commission (VIDC) is offering a unique, one-day community service opportunity to local high school students. The VIDC is the state agency responsible for providing quality legal representation to criminal defendants who are unable to afford private attorneys, through the operation of public defender offices and the certification of court-appointed attorneys. In July, public defenders from across the state will be gathering in Richmond for a weeklong training conference that culminates in a series of mock trials to be held on Friday, July 29, 2011.

Jurors are needed for the twenty mock trials that will be held at both the VIDC Offices (1604 Santa Rosa Road, Suite 109, Richmond, VA 23229) and the Hilton Short Pump (12042 West Broad Street, Richmond VA, 23233). The day is divided into two sessions with morning trials (9am to noon) and afternoon trials (1pm to 4pm), so students have the choice of serving as jurors in the morning, afternoon, or both. All participants will be provided with lunch during the break between trials.

Interested students should reserve a space on a jury now, by contacting Catherine Tatum (’07) at