Judge at Empire New York


November 18-20, 2017
U.S. District Court, S.D.N.Y.

You can help impact 550 students by judging one round of mock trial while earning THREE CLE Credits!

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  • Empire Mock Trial is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Read about our mission.
  • We host mock trial programs for high school students in New York, San Francisco and now Atlanta.
  • Since 2007, Empire has educated 4,500 students from 7 countries. Read about our global network.
  • Learn about the lives that we’ve touched by watching our impact video to the right, or meet our students here.


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“The Empire Mock Trial competition provides an excellent learning opportunity for all participants. Not only have our students from Jonesboro High School expanded their legal knowledge, but they have also benefited from the unique cultural experience of interacting with students from other states and countries.”

– Honorable John Carbo, Chief Judge, State Court of Clayton County, GA

Don’t take our word for it—hear what our judges have to say:

Joseph Colarusso Brooklyn Defender Services

Empire NY 2014

Why volunteer?

  • It’s fun. Our cases are fascinating. The kids are immensely talented, energetic and diverse—you could be judging a student from New York or Korea!
  • It’s rewarding. By volunteering your time, you are making an impact in the lives of young people. You’re teaching them about the law and empowering them to be better thinkers and speakers.
  • It’s a community. Our staff and volunteers (just like our students) are tight knit. They’re enthusiastic. By volunteering, you are joining an Empire Family of 4,500 worldwide!

Don’t take our word for it—hear what our judges have to say:

G. Aaron James Law Offices of G. Aaron James

Empire NY 2011 - 2016

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Join us at Empire New York

  • We’re asking attorneys or law students to judge ONE 3.5 trial on November 18, 19 or 20 (though you can judge more than one, if you’d like). Please note that we can only offer 3 CLE credits, even if you judge multiple rounds. Each trial also includes a 30 minute orientation.
    • Sat, 11/18 – report at 9:30 AM or 2:15 PM
    • Sun, 11/19 – report at 9:30 AM or 2:15 PM
    • Mon, 11/20 – report at 10:00 AM
  • The program is hosting 550 students from 6 countries (Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Ireland, Korea, United Kingdom, U.S.) and 17 states.
  • The trials are held at the U.S. District Court, S.D.N.Y. 
  • Volunteers serve as a presiding judge or scoring juror, and are responsible for providing students with both written and oral feedback.
  • New this year: Pre-trial Evidentiary Motion Argument, with questioning by the pre-trial presiding judge.
  • Complimentary food will be served!

Watch Empire’s students in action

2013 Championship RoundEmpire New YorkAtlanta International SchoolProsecution (GA)v. Sylvania Southview High SchoolDefendant (OH)

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