Students in CCAC Court Reporting program to write the mock trials at the Academy of Trial Lawyers Annual Mock Trial Competition

Article by: CCAC Public Relations
CCAC to facilitate first-ever live-streaming of captions on iPads

PITTSBURGH—CCAC Court Reporting students have once again volunteered to write the trials at the Academy of Trial Lawyers 53rd Annual Mock Trial Competition, held February 17th to 19th in Pittsburgh. The seven CCAC students, who are writing the trials on February 18th, are the only college student court reporters participating in the competition. This year, the group is enhancing its presentation with cutting-edge technology—the CCAC Court Reporting program is providing iPads with an app that facilitates the live-streaming of captions to the participants in the final round of the competition. This real time demonstration will be held on February 19 at 9:30 a.m. at the U.S. Courthouse in downtown Pittsburgh.

CCAC’s Court Reporting program, under the direction of Professor Mary Beth Johnson, has worked with the technology department at the federal courthouse to place the captions of the case on a jumbo screen and to provide iPads to the judges, the law student participants and their coaches. The iPads are loaded with the college’s software to facilitate the live-streaming, which will be provided by Marjorie Peters, a longtime friend of CCAC and a court reporter for the trials at Guantanamo Bay. This is the first year CCAC, which has participated in the competition since 1989, is using the same technology that is taught in the classroom to showcase the career of court reporting.

Twelve law schools have been invited to participate in this highly-regarded competition, which includes the participation of over 300 volunteers including academy members, federal judges, physicians, paralegals, court reporters and high school students who sit as jurors. The competition is hosted by the Federal District Court Judges of the Western District of Pennsylvania and is held in cooperation with the Allegheny County Medical Society; each competing team is paired with a physician who participates as that team’s expert witness.

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