[nfbwatlk] trial at Convention
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Thu Jul 2 15:30:36 UTC 2015
I would love to go to one of these.
From: Scott C. LaBarre [ mailto:slabarre at labarrelaw.com
<mailto:slabarre at labarrelaw.com> ]
Subject: 18th Annual Mock Trial
Hear yee, hear yee, heary, all rise and draw nye for the Honorable Court for
the District of Wilks-Barre, Pennsylvania will soon be in session, the Most
Esteemed and Honorable Charles S. Brown presiding!
The National Association of Blind Lawyers announces the 18th Annual Mock
Trial which will be held Monday, July 6th in Junior Ballroom G, Level 1,
at 4:15 pm inside the beautiful Rosen Center Hotel as part of the 75th
Annual Convention of the National Federation of the Blind.
This year's trial features an all-star cast including Dr. Marc Maurer,
Daniel F. Goldstein, Carla McQuillan, Kevan Worley, Haben Girma, Ray Wayne,
Timothy Elder, Bennett Prows, Anthony Thomas, Parnell Diggs, and Scott
LaBarre. The year is 1940, the place Wilks-Barre, Pennsylvania. In fact,
it is the 16th of November, 1940, and Mr. Fred Eration emerges froma local
watering hole in a most celebratory mood because a brand new organization
has just been formed, the National Federation of the Blind. He is walking
down a city sidewalk and falls in a deep construction ditch where a sign
warned of the drop off but no barrier had been erected. He, of course,
injures himself seriously and can no longer travel around independently.
The Township of Wilks-Barre will say that they are not liable because any
reasonable person, one who is sighted, would have seen the warning sign. If
that defense won't work, the City argues that Fred Eration is automatically
negligent because he was wandering around without a sighted helper, and even
if that argument doesn't work, blind individuals who are afflicted with a
loss of vision must exercise extraordinary care while walking alone without
On Mr. Eration's side, his expert witness, Dr. Jacobus tenBroek will argue
that the blind have a right to live in the world and society must practice a
policy of integrationism. Society should expect that the blind will be
about in the land using a dog, cane, or nothing at all to aid travel. A
reasonable city would take reasonable precautions to prevent injuries to its
blind citizens and visitors.
There will be three witnesses for each side and two lawyers representing
each party. The audience will serve as our jury. Attendees of previous
Mock Trials will tell you that they are both entertaining and raise
important issues. This year's trial travels back to the 1940's and the
legal climate that blind people faced at that time. Join us next Monday.
Your jury fee is $5 and such funds will help the NABL carry on its good
You now may be seated.
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