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Education & Resources for Public Participation in the Law

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Center for Civic Values

At the Center for Civic Values, we envision a society in which all people understand, value and participate in the processes of self-government. We promote our vision through the Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts (IOLTA) and High School Mock Trial programs. Our most recent Biennial Report describes these programs in detail.

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Mock Trial...

Mock trial is an innovative, hands-on experience in the law for high school students of all ages and abilities. Every year hundreds of New Mexico teenagers and their teacher advisors and attorney coaches spend the better part of the school year researching, studying and preparing a hypothetical courtroom trial involving issues that are important and interesting to young people.

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IOLTA...

The Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts (IOLTA) program is an idea that originated in British, Canadian and Australian jurisdictions in the 1960s. In the US, IOLTA was pioneered in Florida and now exists in every state in the country.

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Recent News...

Subscribe to the Center for Civic Values newsletter, Civics Matters, and our IOLTA Newsletters.

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CCV is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable and educational foundation that provides education and resources to encourage public participation in the law. Through IOLTA and Mock Trial CCV and its grantees provide services to more than 450,000 New Mexicans each year.

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Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014

Volcano Vista Platinum won the state's 2014 mock trial competition decisively, taking every ballot in every round. Other placing teams were first runner up Albuquerque Academy Black and second runner up Valley Maroon. VV Platinum is coached by Albuquerque attorney David M. Berlin of Duhigg Cronin Spring & Berlin, and the team's teacher coach is Doug Goodfellow. They were assisted by former team members Jon Dominguez and Daniel Whitely.

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Center for Civic Values

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At the Center for Civic Values (CCV), we envision a society in which all people understand, value and participate in the processes of self-government. We further our vision by providing education and resources to encourage public participation in the law. CCV's work includes financial management of the Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts (IOLTA) and administration of the Gene Franchini High School Mock Trial programs.

IOLTA is a partnership among financial institutions, attorneys and law firms, through which annual grants are awarded by the Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission to New Mexico nonprofits that offer civil legal services for poor people.

Mock Trial is an educational initiative for high schools statewide that teaches young people about the law and the legal system. There are volunteer opportunities available for lawyers and non-lawyers through the mock trial program, and original case materials developed by CCV are available for use by others.

THANK YOU!

The Gene Franchini Mock Trial Program gratefully acknowledges in-kind support from the State Bar of New Mexico!

2014-2015 Mock Trial Calendar