David Bean Serves as Judge in Civics Learning Project Mock Trial Competition

David Bean, a partner in our family law department, served as a judge in the state’s mock trial competition. This is a competition organized by Civics Learning Project (CLP), a nonprofit that aims to preserve democracy by teaching democracy.

Mock Trial is both a classroom strategy and an extracurricular competition. Using a mock court case, students play the roles of attorneys, witnesses, and court officers while gaining public speaking, teamwork, research, collaboration, civil and criminal legal concepts, and civic engagement skills. Mock Trial brings the law alive for students and gives them a voice in what otherwise might seem a very distant judicial system.

David was impressed by the skills demonstrated by the high school students who litigated a criminal case with a very exciting fact pattern. A team from West Linn High School is moving on to the national competition in Delaware on behalf of the State of Oregon in May. The CLP is a worthwhile cause that lawyers and non-lawyers can get involved with and make a meaningful difference. If you’re interested, please explore its website. https://civicslearning.org/

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