This competition, in addition to the Teen Court Program, is a great way to introduce young adults to the world of trial work, or to help hone in the skills of those who know this is the career for them.
Raleigh, North Carolina (PRWEB) April 18, 2012
Local Raleigh Criminal Attorney and Raleigh DWI Attorney M. Moseley Matheson had the honor of serving as one of the Mentor Attorneys on the Capital Area Teen Court's Mock Trial Team. Mr. Matheson traveled with the team to Wilmington, North Carolina the weekend of March 16-18 for the North Carolina Teen Court Mock Trial State Competition. Here, the Capital Area Teen Court Mock Trial Team were pitted against other Teen Court teams from other counties in North Carolina in the State Competition.
This competition pits teenage 'attorneys' in a Mock or 'pretend' trial where all participants are played by teens, with the exception of the Judge and Jury. The Judge and Jury are made up of licensed North Carolina Attorneys and/or Judges. The Mock Trial Judges handle all procedural issues with the Mock Trials and the Jury members score the teams on various areas of the case. In this year's competition, the case revolved around the charge of injury to personal property and the teen attorney competitors prepared to either defend the teen defendant, or prosecute them.
Prior to the competition, the youth attorneys on the Capital Area Teen Court Mock Trial Team spent many hours working on their Opening Statement, Direct Examination, Cross Examination and Closing Arguments. Additionally, all of the Capital Area Teen Court competitors spent many long nights practicing with Mr. Matheson and the other Mentor Attorneys in preparation for the Mock Trial Competition. These Practices had the youth attorneys run through their entire trial, where different ideas on their approaches were explored, in addition to anticipating and practicing various objections. Through their efforts, these teen attorneys were as prepared, if not better prepared, for some practicing attorneys in North Carolina.
For all of their hard work, the Capital Area Teen Court Mock Trial Team placed second in the State. Additionally, one of the Prosecuting Attorneys on the team was voted best Prosecutor for the competition.
"It truly was an honor working with this dedicated bunch of young adults. Each of them took this competition very seriously and certainly deserved the high scores they received. This competition, in addition to the Teen Court Program, is a great way to introduce young adults to the world of trial work, or to help hone in the skills of those who know this is the career for them." Cary DWI Attorney M. Moseley Matheson stated.
Though the practice of a Raleigh DWI Defense Attorney is taxing, Mr. Matheson has enjoyed volunteering with the Capital Area Teen Court program and continues to contribute his time and effort to this important program to the youths in the Wake County, North Carolina Area.