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Blue Shirts play a vital role in delivering the Empire experience to participants across our three competitions: Empire Atlanta, Empire New York, and Empire San Francisco. During competition weekend, they are the “face” of Empire Mock Trial, donning the Empire blue and making the experience possible for the students. Program volunteers spend the entire competition working together, connecting with fellow Empire alumni and staff. They leave their Empire experience with new friends, memories and purpose.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Volunteer for at least one full day.
    • ­Minimum time commitment of two full days for Blue Shirts staying in Empire accommodation.
  • Welcome teams to the hotel/competition.
  • Answer questions and provide directions.
  • Interact in a friendly and professional way with students and coaches.
  • Assist with tournament operations and logistics including event set­up/take-­down, organizing team packages, moving supplies between the courthouse and hotel, and organizing merchandise.
  • Assist in checking in judges.
  • Serving meals.
  • Working as hall monitor and ballot checkers.
  • Lead and supervise teams during special events in cooperation with team chaperones.
  • Contribute to the creation of the Empire Experience.
  • Participate in one online training and briefing session prior to the beginning of the program.
  • Submit travel information to Empire staff in a timely fashion for scheduling purposes.

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate must be:

  • Enthusiastic and positive.
  • Willing to wake up early and go to bed late.
  • A proactive problem solver.
  • Reliable.
  • Able to work independently and in a team setting.
  • Willing and able to maintain a friendly, professional demeanor, cognizant of the fact that you are representing Empire Mock Trial.
  • At least 18 years old.

Job Perks

  • Accommodation for a maximum of five nights (check­-in Wednesday, check­out Monday).
    • Lodging is provided on a first­-come first­-service basis.
    • We typically cannot offer Wednesday lodging to all staffers.
  • Lunch and dinner on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of the competition.
  • A volunteer appreciation package.


Blue Shirt volunteers are needed at all three competitions, and are asked to commit to at least one full day of service (7am­ – 7pm). Some days are longer and will require volunteers until approximately 12:00am. Candidates are asked to submit an application below. You can apply to volunteer at one Empire program or multiple.

Complete the online application form and provide us with the contact information for a reference, who will automatically be contacted by Empire. ​If accepted, you will be asked to provide your tentative competition availability. Your exact availability will need to be provided approximately s​ix weeks ​prior to the start of the program. More information will be provided to you via email as the year progresses.

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