BBGA personal injury attorney Chase Ruffin served in February as a volunteer judge and juror in the National Mock Trial Competition at the Bibb County Courthouse in Macon.
The National Trial Competition is a nationwide mock trial competition where law students from across the country compete against each other by trying a case in front of a judge and jury based on a fictitious fact pattern. Professional attorneys and judges serve as presiding judges and jurors/evaluators in competition rounds. Teams are evaluated on their ability to make a logical, cohesive, and persuasive presentation.
As a judge and juror, Chase observed the student advocates trying the case, scored their performance on opening statements, direct and cross-examinations, closing arguments, and provided feedback on ways the students could improve their presentations in future rounds.
Chase said he was very impressed by all the student advocates.
“I also really enjoyed seeing what it is like to be a juror hearing about a case for the first time,” he said.
In March, Chase also volunteered at the Athens Access to Justice (“AATJ”) Legal Pop-Up Clinic at the Athens-Clarke County Library. AATJ provides legal services to people who are attempting to manage civil legal actions without the assistance of an attorney.
At the clinic, Chase was able to answer questions and provide guidance to numerous Athens residents who are dealing with a variety of legal issues, including real estate, business, and personal injury matters.
“I enjoyed being able to help these individuals navigate the complexities of the legal system,” said Chase.
Founded nearly 40 years ago, Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C. has deep roots in the local community. We strive to honor this connection and give back to the individuals, families, and businesses we serve by taking part in various community events and supporting various charitable organizations and corporations.