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LeSuer Serves as Trial Judge for 2020 Mock Trial Competition
Monday, February 3, 2020 at 7:21 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 30, 2020.  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 negligence claims that the plaintiff, a high school student with an otherwise promising future, suffered a mental breakdown after becoming the victim of cyberbullying.  

 This is Bob's ninth 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 involves teams from 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: