Register to Judge at The Downtown

 

Join us at The Downtown

  • We’re asking attorneys and law students to judge ONE trial on January 20, 21 or 22. Each trial lasts approximately 2.5 – 3 hours and includes a mandatory 30 minute orientation.
    • Sat, 1/20 – report at 9:30 AM or 2:00 PM
    • Sun, 1/21 – report at 9:30 AM or 2:00 PM
    • Mon, 1/22 – report at 8:15 AM
  • Attorneys can earn 3 non-transitional CLE credits in the category of skills for judging (we can’t offer more than 3 credits, even if you judge multiple trials).
  • The program is hosting approximately 175 students from 18 universities, including Harvard, Yale, Columbia and NYU, among others.
  • The trials are held at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (500 Pearl Street).
  • Volunteers will either serve as a presiding judge or scoring juror, and will provide students with both written and oral feedback.
  • Complimentary food will be served!

Hear what prior judges have to say about Empire and its students…

Paul LaFata Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP

Empire NY 2010 - 2016

Empire SF 2014 - 2016

Empire ATL 2015 - 2016

THE DOWNTOWN REGISTRATION FORM

Directions: Please complete all of the fields below. If you have any questions, you can contact us at [email protected] or 646-481-2332.

If possible, please sign-up to judge Round 3 on Sunday morning, and please do not sign-up to judge Round 1 on Saturday morning.

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    Role Preference

    You can volunteer as a juror or presiding judge. More attorneys request to preside over trials than we have spots available, so we cannot guarantee your preference. Our apologies in advance.
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    Judge with a Friend or Colleague

    Do you have a friend or colleague who may be interested in judging at The Downtown? If so, include their name and e-mail address. To make your experience more enjoyable, we can have you judge together upon request.
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    Select a Trial!

    Round 1: Saturday, January 20, 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    Round 2: Saturday, January 20, 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Round 3: Sunday, January 21, 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    Round 4: Sunday, January 21, 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Round 5: Monday, January 22, 8:15 AM - 12:30 PM **
    Please enter one response per row

    ** Judging the Championship round requires prior experience.
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