The Indiana Bar Foundation is starting a mock trial professional development video series. Throughout the series, mock trial teachers, students, and legal advisors will hear from different experts from around Indiana to learn about different trial elements.
Starting Mock Trial at the Beginning of the Year – Two mock trial advisors share their experiences about what to do at the beginning of the year to start a mock trial team, how to work together as a team, and working with legal advisors.
Case Organization and Theory – Judge Melissa May from the Indiana Court of Appeals explains what to keep in mind as teams begin their case organization and creating case theories.
The Indiana Bar Foundation has created resources to help mock trial teachers and legal advisors help their students with different aspects of mock trial.
- Comparing Events and Actions Among Mock Trial Witnesses – This graphic organizer can help students look at how different witnesses know, understand, and portray the events and actions within a case. This is also a great tool to build literacy skills of reading across multiple texts.
- Analyzing Mock Trial Witness Statements from Multiple Points of View – This worksheet will help students understand each witness better and having them read deeply into the role the witness plays from the prosecution, defense, and witness points of view. It will also help students enhance their metacognitive knowledge of the witnesses and gain the literacy skill of reading a documents from multiple points of view.
- Creating a Witness Profile – This can help students begin to learn who their witnesses are, their personalities, how to portray the character, and their role within their team’s trial strategy.