Seeking Volunteer Mock Trial Coaches

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The Justice & Diversity Center (JDC) is seeking volunteer attorneys to serve as Mock Trial coaches for 2016-2017 Mock Trial Program.

  • The Mock Trial program is an inter-scholastic competition where high school students try a hypothetical criminal case
  • Many of the students are diverse and come from under-served schools
  • Lawyers from the San Francisco legal community volunteer to coach the fundamentals of persuasive public speaking and evidence advocacy, demonstrate techniques and critique the students in preparation for the city-wide competition.
  • The program was created to help students acquire a working knowledge of our judicial system, develop analytical abilities and communication skills, and gain an understanding of their obligations and responsibilities as participating members of our society
  • Students build their intellectual skills, gain confidence in their ability to present and support an argument, and often open their eyes to the possibilities offered by college, law school, and a career in law
  • San Francisco attorneys and law firms sign on to coach individual schools beginning in late August with an orientation and training
  • Work with the students on a weekly basis, beginning in September and concluding with competition in February

Many attorneys find coaching to be a rewarding opportunity to affect young urban lives. It is also a good opportunity to hone trial skills.

Steps to Volunteering

If you would like to volunteer as a Mock Trial Coach, email Elizabeth McGriff at

Check out some recent articles about our Mock Trial program.

Mock Trial Season Comes to an End
Lowell High School Emerges as San Francisco County Mock Trial Champs
Mock Trial Volunteer Perspective: Adam Maldonado
Mock Trial Coach Looks Back on Great Year
Mock Trial: A Season of Change [Infographic]