Judges Information

You be the Judge!

View Volunteer Schedule - Season has concluded; check back in November 2020
Updated 2/14/20

Every year, 700 attorneys and judges are needed to act as competition judges in the MSBA High School Mock Trial Program.

  1. When and where are judging opportunities available?  Trials are held in courthouses across the state. Trials held in the Metro area are during evening hours and greater Minnesota trials are held during regular business hours.

    The competition begins with the first round of trials the first full week of January and concludes after five rounds of regional play with the State Tournament held in March.

  2. What is the time commitment?  Volunteers should allow about two hours/trial. Some volunteers judge one trial and some judge multiple trials, depending on their availability and interest.

    In preparation for judging, volunteers are expected to read through the case materials and be prepared to either preside or score at the trial.

To volunteer, please contact Kim Basting, (612) 278-6306.

Teams Needing Attorney Coaches

  • Apollo High School 
  • Liberty Classical Academy - White Bear Lake 
  • Rosemount High School

For more information, please contact Kim Basting, (612) 278-6306.

Prepare before the trials!

The MSBA is committed to creating an inclusive environment in which every person can participate in the Mock Trial program. Please contact us if there are reasonable accommodations that would allow you to participate more fully. Such requests should be directed to Kim Basting, Director of Mock Trial Program at (612) 278-6306.

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Kim Basting
Mock Trial Program Director
(612) 278-6306 | (800) 882-6722

Minnesota State Bar Association
600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 380
Minneapolis, MN  55402

Mock Trial Advisory Committee

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