I judged an arbitration competition this weekend.
What experience do I have judging competitions, you ask?
What experience do I have in arbitration?
Um, I can’t even tell you how many people a real arbitration panel consists of.
But! I’m scrappy, dammit, and I’m always up for new things. Plus, as a first year attorney, I know I still make all the same mistakes that 3L mock-advocates do.
We were put in panels of 2 judges, and each round ran the same way a mock trial would. Openings, direct questioning, cross examination, rinse, repeat, closings.
I was pretty useless and ended up being the Paula Abdul of the panel - That was so good! I had such a good time watching you all! Great energy all around! You had excellent tone! - so I’m sure the students got a lot more constructive feedback from the 25 yr attorney I was paired with.
At least I was sober and didn’t try to hug the competitors.