Volunteer Attorney Mentors: We Need You!

Mock Court 2015 Every March the Historical Society of the District of Columbia Circuit conducts an annual Mock Court Program for Washington, D.C., high school students at the Federal Courthouse in Washington, D.C. This year, the event will take place on Friday, March 11, 2016. View pictures from the 2015 Program.

For the program to be successful, we need a significant number of attorney mentors, whom we will pair with D.C. high school students who are eager for the opportunity to make an appellate-style oral argument before a federal judge. Those who have mentored know that we get as much personal satisfaction from mentoring as the students receive in a unique and rewarding educational experience.

Mock Court 2015Mentors are asked to meet with their assigned students at least three times, generally for at least an hour each time. For those of you who have not participated in the Program in the last year or two, view a short memo distributed to mentors participating in the 2015 program. This year, we will also conduct a 1-hour Webinar in January 2016, to provide additional background and training for our mentors.

The Program is one of the Society's signature events. But to make it work, we need your help. If you or an attorney in a law firm you know is willing to serve as a mentor, please contact Jim Rocap, Co-Chair for the 2016 Program, by December 1. We plan to pair attorneys and schools together and distribute this year's case problems and accompanying materials in late December, so that mentoring sessions can begin after the New Year.