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SIDEBAR FEATURE

Young Lawyers Section Hosts
Annual High School Mock
Trial Competition
By Aimee L. Kumer, Esq., Chair, Young Lawyers Section

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rom January 30 to March 6, hundreds of Montgomery
County high school students competed in front of dozens
of volunteer attorneys and members of the bench in the
2018 Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA)'s Annual High School
Mock Trial Competition. This year, Montgomery County's
Regional Competition - administered by Melanie Murphy,
Esq. (Regional Coordinator), and Aimee Kumer, Esq. (District
Coordinator/YLS President), with significant assistance from the
Bar Association and Court Administration - featured 30 teams
who prosecuted and defended the civil case of Silva Morel v.
Tiger Tail Technologies, Inc.. The facts and circumstances of the
case were particularly complicated this year, involving a wrongful
termination claim under a fictitious whistleblower law and an
alleged violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Ultimately,
jurors had to decide whether Silva Morel, a student immigrant

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from the fictitious European country of Xanadu, was denied a fulltime job because he/she told the SEC about an alleged bribe by
his/her boss to a foreign official, or because he/she pulled a series
of "pranks" that ultimately resulted in the public revelation of his/
her employer's trade secrets.
On March 6, 2018, the two finalist teams - Harriton High
School v. Lower Moreland High School, Team A - squared off
in Courtroom A before a notable jury panel consisting of all of
the current MBA officers, the Montgomery County Chief Public
Defender, and a former Philadelphia District Attorney, with
President Judge Thomas M. Del Ricci presiding. Harriton won
the final round with a sweep of the votes, but both of these highly
skilled teams will progress to the State Championship weekend,
which takes place March 23-24, 2018, in Harrisburg.
On behalf of Melanie and the Young Lawyers Section, I
would like to thank the members of the Bar who volunteered
their time, often volunteering for multiple trial sessions. This
year a prize drawing was also conducted, with the winners' names
pulled from the pool of juror volunteers, for prizes that were
generously sponsored by local restaurants - Sullivan's Steakhouse,
Brittingham's Pub, Harry's Blue Bell Taproom, Taphouse 23, and
Zoe's Kitchen.


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