At the end of October, team members from Kaufman Law volunteered to serve as judges in a mock trial hosted by Kennesaw State University’s Mock Trial Program. This annual Owl Classic Invitational is an intercollegiate tournament that offers undergraduate students from across the country the opportunity to prosecute and defend a criminal or civil case in front of actual judges, lawyers, and law students.
KSU Mock trials
Mary Loudermilk, a litigation paralegal at the firm, is an alumnus of KSU and participated in the mock trials when she was in college. “The trials are very competitive, and they get kind of intense,” Mary says with a laugh. “There are numerous invitationals all around the nation, and students travel to other states to compete.” She goes on to say, “Students are given a case from the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA), and each team both defends and prosecutes it. Individuals receive scores for how well they present their part of the case.”
Through Mary’s continued participation in the KSU mock trials, Kaufman Law became involved. Because the firm’s attorneys and staff members are active in the community, Mary says it made sense that the firm would take part in the event. “Attorneys Meredith Parrish, Alden Gish, and Michael Kaufman, and practice manager Marc Bloch all served as judges for the competition. The paralegals and support staff managed team registration, got people to the right places, and helped with the captains’ meetings.” Mary says that taking part in the mock trial was very much in line with Kaufman Law’s community goals.
Says Mary, “This is an exceptional place to work. In all the years I’ve helped with the tournament, this is the first firm that agreed to participate. It’s something very special, and it makes me more grateful for Kaufman Law. You ask, and they fill the need. That’s our philosophy with our clients, as well.” Mary adds that Kaufman Law’s participation in the event provided an important service to the community. “The firm is fostering young legal minds. Through their experience, our lawyers can impart knowledge to these students who may go forward and change our country if they pursue a legal career. That is exceptional.”