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  • #16
    Decatur was a blood bath -- Two 6-2 teams not earning a bid at an ORCS is insane

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    • #17
      Originally posted by DevilsAdvocate2020 View Post
      AMTA NEEDS to fix this format/go to a three juror panel for ORCS. The +29 -2 splits need to go.
      This gets really annoying, especially when you have a sitting judge that gives you a +39 and a law school librarian gives you a -3 in the same round, but it's incredibly difficult to recruit enough judges to judge any tournament, including ORCS. If it wasn't such a large problem recruiting judges, you probably wouldn't have a librarian or a 1L as your judge in the first place (not to say that all librarians and 1Ls are unqualified, but their are a large number of them that are). The only solution to this problem would be to offer more incentives to people who judge in the first place--you're asking judges to give up a weekend with their family to watch a fake trial with people who aren't even in law school for maybe a free lunch. Some state bar associations require attorneys to have some volunteer hours, which mock-trial can contribute toward, but that's not even a requirement in all states.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by NotNathan View Post

        This gets really annoying, especially when you have a sitting judge that gives you a +39 and a law school librarian gives you a -3 in the same round, but it's incredibly difficult to recruit enough judges to judge any tournament, including ORCS. If it wasn't such a large problem recruiting judges, you probably wouldn't have a librarian or a 1L as your judge in the first place (not to say that all librarians and 1Ls are unqualified, but their are a large number of them that are). The only solution to this problem would be to offer more incentives to people who judge in the first place--you're asking judges to give up a weekend with their family to watch a fake trial with people who aren't even in law school for maybe a free lunch. Some state bar associations require attorneys to have some volunteer hours, which mock-trial can contribute toward, but that's not even a requirement in all states.
        What's a viable incentive? As you point out, not all states count judging Mock Trial towards volunteer hours, or CLE credit. And outside of that, I can't think of what else could convince a lawyer/judge on the fence (or on the other side of the fence) to come volunteer and judge.

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