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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 24, 2014. 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.

About 60 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 washburnlaw.edu/itapvolunteer/faq/.

ITAP is an intense seven-day program for Washburn Law students, running from May 18 to 24. 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 24 with participants trying a mock trial, permitting them to immediately use what they have learned.

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Contact: Shawn Leisinger, executive director, Washburn School of Law Centers for Excellence, 785.670.2464

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