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Indiana High School Mock Trial Milestone: ITLA Makes Major Pledge

More Than Half Event Goal Pledged

INDIANAPOLIS – With more than half the monies pledged to host the 2020 national high school mock trial championships in Indiana, the Indiana Bar Foundation (Foundation) announced today the first major sponsor: the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA). The ITLA has pledged $25,000 of the $143,000 pledged or donated as of this date for an event still two years away.

"One of the founding principles of our democratic society is the concept of trial by jury.   I cannot think of a more fitting partnership for the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association to be part of.  We are looking forward to witnessing these outstanding young individuals display their talents, " Frank Julian, ITLA President.

“They (ITLA) are a hard-working group of attorneys who are pursuing justice for their clients,” said Kenneth J. Allen, Indiana Bar Foundation president. “They value teaching students the importance of the rule of law.  Together, we’re bringing knowledge of the American justice system to the public.”

The fundraising goal of $250,000 will underwrite competition space for 23 simultaneous trials, student entertainment and meals and other expenses to host 900 visitors in Evansville, Indiana, in May 2020. Donald R. Lundberg, formerly a Bar Foundation president, chairs the fundraising campaign with help from Brian Williams, Evansville, and Jay Lewis, South Bend.

Trinity at Greenlawn, a South Bend school, is competing for the first time in the school’s history at the national championships this year in Reno, Nevada. Trinity has participated in mock trial since 2004.

New Video Shows Mock Trial Team Benefits

The Foundation announced a new video produced to illustrate mock trial to schools that do not participate. Available on its website, the four-minute video showcases members of the 2017-2018 Merrillville High School team, attorneys and school administrators who work with them, and parents whose children participate with the Heritage Christian High School, Indianapolis, team. Volunteers who coach teams have said a video of the program’s benefits would help recruit others who do not know what mock trial is, especially educators who are not attorneys.

Learn more about the mock trial national championships or sign up to volunteer at indianamocktrial.com. Learn how to start a team in Indiana here or call (317) 608-6503.

The Indiana Bar Foundation seeks to educate tomorrow’s leaders, expand civil justice and aid the profession. Find information at www.inbf.org.

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