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Burg Simpson’s Diane Vaksdal Smith to Serve as Volunteer Judge at Colorado Bar Association High School Mock Trial Competition

By Burg Simpson

March 18, 2015  

DENVER, COLORADO – Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C. is pleased to support the Colorado High School Mock Trial Tournament. For the nineteenth consecutive year, shareholder Diane Vaksdal Smith will be volunteering her time to act as a presiding judge at the tournament finals, which takes place March 20 – 21 at the El Paso Judicial Building in Colorado Springs.

Each year more than 100 high school teams participates in Colorado’s mock trial program, and teams are composed of 6–12 students who perform a case for the Prosecution/Plaintiff and/or the Defense in either a civil or criminal-type trial.

Diane Vaksdal Smith, a former Magistrate Judge for Colorado’s Seventeenth Judicial District and a respected civil attorney, said, “I am thrilled to participate again this year. This is my nineteenth year working with this competition, and every year I am more impressed with the work and dedication of the students and their coaches. This competition provides students a wonderful opportunity to learn about the importance of our civil and criminal justice system as well as memories of standing in the well and arguing for their client. They also develop their written and oral communication skills, an advantage they will have for a lifetime. I cannot stress enough the benefits and rewards of this competition.”

With offices in Denver, Steamboat Springs, Cincinnati, Cody and Phoenix, Burg Simpson is a firm of award winning trial lawyers practicing in the areas of workers’ compensation, personal injury, employment law, medical malpractice, product liability, class actions, mass tort, commercial litigation and insurance bad faith.

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