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LeSuer Serves as Trial Judge for 2019 Mock Trial Competition
Monday, February 4, 2019 at 11:21 AM

Elderkin litigator Bob LeSuer served as trial judge in the Region 2, District 2 (or, for Star Wars fans, "R2D2") competition for the Statewide Mock Trial Championship on January 29, 2019.  The competition permits high school student teams to argue both sides of a hypothetical case in an actual courtroom setting. This year's fictional trial setting featured the criminal prosecution of a local pain management doctor, charged with improperly prescribing opioid medications resulting in the death of a patient. 

 This is Bob's eighth consecutive year serving as mock trial judge.  "It's very different being on the other side of the bench," said LeSuer, a civil trial attorney.  "But I'm always amazed at the preparation and skill exhibited by these young advocates.  They are to be commended for the time and effort they put into their cases." 

 This competition is sponsored statewide by the Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, and this year involves teams from almost 300 separate high schools throughout the state.  The annual mock trial program, now in its 36th year, is one of the largest in the nation.  The district and regional levels of the competition will continue throughout February and March.  The winning team in the state championship will represent Pennsylvania in the national mock trial finals.  For more information on the local competition, check out this link: