For the third year, Warner is coaching the Grand Rapids Central High School Mock Trial team. Since November, Warner attorneys have been visiting the school to help students prepare to play the role of attorneys and witnesses in the fictional case of Young v. Gardner.
On March 7, 2009, the team will compete in the Western Regional Mock Trial Competition sponsored by the Michigan Center for Civic Education. The event will be held at the Kent County Courthouse. With the help of coaches, Sarah Howard, Madelaine Lane, Inga Hofer, Scott Carvo, Jeanne Long, Joe Sadler, Julie Lam, Christine Maher, and Dan Borst, the students have prepared the case from start to finish. They have studied the affidavits and police reports, drafted their direct and cross-examination questions, and authored opening and closing arguments. In fact, there was so much enthusiasm in this year’s class, that Central High School has entered two teams in the competition.
As always, we hope to have a strong contingent from Warner to support the students at the competition on March 7th. If you have any questions, or are interested in helping the teams in these closing weeks, please contact Sarah Howard or Madelaine Lane.
The Michigan Center for Civic Education is looking for attorneys and paralegals to volunteer as judges and bailiff/timekeeperss in the competition. If you are interested in volunteering, open the Volunteer Registration Form for details. Volunteers are needed in Grand Rapids on Saturday, March 7 and Pontiac on Saturday, March 14.