“Watching these students learn to speak with confidence and develop the ability to think on their feet is priceless,” says Adrienne Blocker, a litigation attorney at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin.
Durham, NC (PRWEB) March 3, 2011
Adrienne Blocker, a litigation attorney at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, served as a Co-regional Coordinator for the annual High School Mock Trial Regional Competition for the Triad Region. The event was held at the Guilford County Courthouse in High Point on Feb. 5, starting at 10 a.m.
Mock Trial gives students an opportunity to simulate judicial proceedings by playing the roles of attorneys, witnesses and bailiffs. Teams compete in at least two rounds of competition in which they take turns arguing for the plaintiff’s side and the defense side of the case. Local attorneys volunteer their time, acting as advisors to help prepare students for competition. Students compete in an actual courtroom, presenting their case before a presiding judge and three evaluative jurors, who are actually volunteer judges and lawyers from the community.
The competition was co-sponsored by the North Carolina Advocates for Justice and the Carolina Center for Civic Education (CCCE).
Adrienne Blocker is extremely active in both sponsoring organizations. She is a founding member and is on the Board of Directors of the Carolina Center for Civic Education (CCCE), which is partially funded by the NCAJ. She is currently serving her fourth year as Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Chair for the NC Advocates for Justice (NCAJ) Auto Torts Section, and is a five-time recipient of its Order of Service Award. In addition, she is the editor and a chapter author for a personal injury manual to be published jointly by the NCAJ and Lexis.
“Watching these students learn to speak with confidence and develop the ability to think on their feet is priceless,” Adrienne Blocker says. “The satisfaction I get in being a small part of this process is why I keep helping year after year.”
Other mock trial competitions were held on the same day in Asheville, Charlotte, Durham, Fayetteville, Wilmington, Greenville and Raleigh.
About the Firm:
The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin is headquartered in the American Tobacco Historic District, adjacent to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, in Durham, North Carolina, with 12 additional offices statewide in Charlotte, Fayetteville, Greensboro, Greenville, Goldsboro, Henderson, New Bern, Raleigh, Roanoke Rapids, Rocky Mount, Sanford and Wilson. The firm’s 28 attorneys focus on the following practice areas: Personal Injury, Workers’ Compensation, Social Security Disability, Intellectual Property, Civil Rights, Mass Torts and Products Liability. Four of the attorneys are North Carolina Board Certified Specialists in Workers’ Compensation Law and one is a North Carolina Board Certified Specialist in Social Security Disability Law. The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin is involved in the community, including sponsorship of local philanthropic organizations and an active employee matching donation program.