Volunteers Needed to Serve as Mock Jurors

Washburn University School of Law invites members of the Topeka and surrounding communities to serve as jurors for its mock trials on Saturday, May 19, 2012. Fifty-two Washburn Law students participating in Washburn Law's Intensive Trial Advocacy Program (ITAP) will put their trial skills to the test after a week of intense training. The mock trials will take place at the Shawnee County Courthouse, 200 SE 7th St, Topeka, from 8 a.m. to noon and from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

About 90 volunteers are needed to serve as jurors. Volunteers will have the opportunity to hear a mock civil trial and will deliberate and render a verdict. Anyone interested in participating may sign up online at washburnlaw.edu/itapvolunteer or call Donna Vilander at (785) 670-1105. Questions should be addressed to Shawn Leisinger at shawn.leisinger@washburn.edu or consult the volunteer FAQ.

ITAP is an intense seven-day program for Washburn Law students, running from May 13-19. Participants in ITAP gain skills in direct and cross examination, use of evidence, opening statements and closing arguments. They listen to lectures, view skills demonstrations and participate in workshop sessions to hone their trial skills through practice. The program will wrap up on May 19 with participants trying a mock trial, permitting them to immediately use what they've learned.