For the Public

ISBA Members Judge the War of the Worlds

Are you interested in sharpening your trial skills from different perspective, improving the public image of attorneys in Illinois, performing an important public service, evaluating a group of talented and hard-working students in a state-wide competition or just doing something different on the weekend?

If so, this year’s ISBA High School Mock Trial Invitational is for you!  It will take place on Saturday and Sunday, March 8th and 9th, 2014, at the University of Illinois School of Law in Champaign, Illinois.

This year’s mock trial problem is based on the 1938 radio broadcast of “War of the Worlds”. That particular broadcast supposedly caused fear and panic among some listeners who did not realize it was a fictional dramatization of a Martian invasion of the Earth. The facts have been modified so that current law applies and the events take place in Illinois.

ISBA judges, lawyers and paralegals have made this program a success for the past 30 years. No previous experience is required. The LRE provides you with all of the necessary information.

The LRE needs volunteer judges and evaluators for each trial. If you want to volunteer, please complete the Attorney Volunteer Form (and/or share it with a colleague) no later than March 1, 2014.

Interested persons can review the complete problem and the Mock Trial Rules on the LRE Committee’s Page at If you have any questions, please contact Marley Nelson at or 630.474.1332.

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