Welcome to the 2016 Capital City ORCS! The tournament will take place Saturday, March 19 and Sunday, March 20, 2016, at the beautiful H. Carl Moultrie in downtown Washington, D.C. If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Sawtelle.

What is mock trial?

As the name implies, mock trial is a simulated trial experience.  Two teams face off with three witness and three attorneys each and argue a fictional case.  This year’s case is a criminal case involving an alleged bribe of a gambling commissioner.  Each case has a variety of witnesses and strategies that the teams can choose from as they present their facts.

Cases are based in the fictional state of Midlands, which has its own rules of evidence based on the Federal Rules of Evidence as well as its own case law, which teams may cite during the round.

What's involved with judging?

You are being asked to score the teams based on how well they present their cases, not necessarily whether they would secure a favorable verdict.  There will be a presentation on-site to go over the basics, but you can look at a sample ballot now and you will receive a judge-orientation session before the round(s) you judge.

You will be part of a panel.  Due to the subjective nature of the activity it helps to have multiple judges in each round.  One member will act as the trial judge and others will score the competitors, some will do both at the same time, which is harder than you may think.

While it helps to be familiar with the general structure of a mock trial round, the teams can answer any questions you have about how the trial flows.

Do I need to read any materials?

No.  It helps to be familiar with the rules of evidence, but teams can provide copies of all rules and case law if the need arises during the trial.  We actually prefer for judges to leave any knowledge of the case at the door and hear each round de novo.  If you want to read them, the Midlands Rules of Evidence can be found here.

For Attending Teams

Coming soon!

Thank You to Our Sponsor!

Thanks to the UVA Law School for making the 2016 Capital City ORCS possible.

Judge Registration Form

If you are an attorney interested in judging this tournament, please fill out the form below, and we'll email you shortly with more information. (Note: Judges must have graduated law school.)

First name
Last name

Undergraduate school:
Law school:

I am a... (check all that apply)
Judge (sitting or retired)
Trial Attorney
Non-Trial Attorney
Law Student

Time slot
Round 1 [Sat. ~9am-1pm]
Round 2 [Sat. ~2pm-6pm]
Round 3 [Sun. ~9am-1pm]
Round 4 [Sun. ~2pm-6pm]

Other preferences
Do you have a connection to any AMTA program?

If you have any mock trial experience, please explain.

Please include any other information you would like us to know, including other institutions you attended, if applicable.

Note: We often have cancellations. If rounds for which you'd be interested in judging are marked "Full" -- or if you can't judge this tournament but would be interested in judging a future one -- please fill out the rest of the form and make an appropriate note in the "Other Information" box.

Want to Volunteer?

If you're interested in helping out but haven't graduated law school yet, email Student Tournament Director Richard Ressler

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