Experience is the best teacher. Front-line experience can be one of the best predictors of future success in the legal profession. Each year, the FJA Research and Education Foundation sponsors The Honorable E. Earle Zehmer Memorial Mock Trial Competition, bringing together students from Florida’s leading law schools. Hosted by the FJA Young Lawyers’ Section, this competition features carefully-selected teams of the brightest law students from across the state for an innovative, hands-on opportunity to demonstrate their trial skills.
Students compete for scholarships and winner’s accolades. The Foundation provides financial support for each team, committing up to $20,000 per year for this initiative. The Foundation plans to include more Florida law schools in the competition and provide a modest travel stipend to each law school’s team.
For information on registration, sponsorship opportunities or to volunteer as a judge for this event, please click the links below and fill out the form. All sponsorship contributions made to the FJA Research and Education Foundation are tax-deductible, as provided by law. Your name or your firm’s name will be recognized at the event, in the Mock Trial program, on the FJA Foundation website and in the FJA Journal.
The FJA’s annual Mock Trial Competition will be taking place in November 2021. Law school students will be competing in the competition, and attorneys are needed to volunteer to score the competition rounds at the Hillsborough County Courthouse. Volunteering at this event is an excellent opportunity to coach law students on their trial skills while also educating future lawyers about the FJA.
The FJA Mock Trial Competition is also a great way to earn free CLE credits. All who participate are eligible to earn up to 9 General CLE and Civil Trial Certification credits.
No training, previous experience, or preparation is needed to volunteer. Volunteers serve as jurors during the competition. On Saturday, we will need 50 volunteers from 9AM – 1PM, and 50 volunteers from 1PM – 5PM! On Sunday, we will need ten volunteers from 9AM – 1PM, and five volunteers from 1PM – 5PM.